JASON DAY has moved into the top 10 of the World Golf Rankings following his runner up finish at the 2011 US Open Championship.
Day moves to number 9 in the rankings, down from 18, and is Australia’s highest ranked player.
The 23 year old’s recent great form and the undoubted blossoming of a talent that has long been admired would suggest a continued rise in the rankings is highly likely.
US Open winner Rory McIlroy moved from position 8 to 4 in the table behind world No.1 Luke Donald, No.2 Lee Westwood and No.3 Martin Kaymer.
The first American is Steve Stricker on 5 with Phil Mickelson on 6.
Tiger Woods has dropped to 17th while Australia’s next best is Adam Scott who remained in 21st place while Geoff Ogilvy is 32nd.
Goggin close to PGA Tour return
Australian golfers had a great weekend overall with Matthew Goggin winning his second 2011 US Nationwide Tour event and Matthew Zions claiming his maiden European Tour title.
Goggin won the Wichita Open to go with the Panama Claro Championship he took earlier in the year and is now just one win away from a “battlefield promotion” to the top tour.
The battlefield promotion is warded to any player who wins three Nationwide Tour titles in a season, a feat last achieved by two Australians; Michael Sim in 2009 and Nick Flanagan in 2007.
“Today, it was a real fight,” Goggin said after his win. “I had to play well and I felt like I had to really go win this one as opposed to letting the other guys lose it. It was a real nice victory.”
Zions wins in France
Meanwhile in Europe 32 year old NSW central coast golfer Matthew Zions claimed his first professional title at the Saint-Omer Open in France.
Zions carded a final round 69 to record a impressive seven-shot victory.
“It feels like I’m dreaming. The last four holes I was wondering when I could start thinking about winning and when would be too soon that it tempted fate. I had a lump in my throat a couple of times,” an exited Zions said.
“This is a huge day. It’s hard to believe. My ball striking was great all week and I hardly missed any greens. “It was nice to feel those butterflies this morning and feel the adrenaline as I was coming down the stretch. That’s why we play.”