Phil Mickelson climbed 10 spots on the leaderboard with a final-round 68 at the WGC–HSBC Champions. It wasn’t enough, though, to keep from falling below a certain level in the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time in more than a quarter century.
Mickelson’s remarkable run of being in the OWGR’s top 50 is projected to come to an end when the weekly ranking comes out tonight. The five-time Major champ first entered the top 50 on November 23, 1993, after a runner-up finish at the Casio World Open in Japan.
Ironically, his amazing streak was snapped by a runner-up finish in Japan as well. Shugo Imahira’s solo second at the Mynavi ABC Championship on the Japan Golf Tour will move the 27-year-old to 50th, bumping the 49-year-old Hall-of-Famer.
Twitter’s Official World Golf Ranking guru @Nosferatu first pointed out the situation on Sunday:
And projected what the new OWGR will look like with Rory McIlroy closing the gap on world No.1 Brooks Koepka thanks to his latest WGC win:
Mickelson jumped to 17th in February with a win at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-am, the 44th of his PGA Tour career. But he’s recorded just one top top-25 finish since – a T-18 at the Masters – while missing the cut eight times.
“It was a good run,” Mickelson told the Associated Press after yesterday’s round in Shanghai. “But I’ll be back.”