Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - On the strength of his first major championship title on Sunday at the Masters, Jordan Spieth climbed to No. 2 in the world rankings.
Spieth improved two spots to a career-best ranking. He has had four consecutive top-2 finishes on the PGA Tour.
Rory McIlroy took fourth behind Spieth and remains the No. 1 player in the world. McIlroy's lead atop the rankings was trimmed from 3.40 average points to 2.39 average points.
Henrik Stenson and Bubba Watson were down one spot each to three and four. Jason Day held steady at No. 5, while Dustin Johnson and Adam Scott traded places with Johnson up to sixth.
Justin Rose, who shared second with Phil Mickelson at Augusta, improved three places to eighth. Sergio Garcia was ninth again this week and Jim Furyk fell two notches to 10th.
Jimmy Walker and J.B. Holmes were both down one to 11 and 12, while Rickie Fowler stayed at No. 13 and Patrick Reed inched up one to 14th.
Hideki Matsuyama improved two to 15th and Martin Kaymer slipped a pair to 16. Matt Kuchar dipped a notch to No. 17, while Mickelson improved four to 18th.
Billy Horschel and Brooks Koepka were both down one to 19 and 20. Last week's No. 20, Victor Dubuisson, tumbled two to 22nd.