Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth shake up new world rankings

Bubba Watson and Jordan Spieth climb to the world top 10. (Getty Images)
Bubba Watson and Jordan Spieth climb to the world top 10. (Getty Images)

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The world golf rankings are slightly less complicated than, say, untangling Michael Lewis' new book on high-speed computerized stock traders but they do give us a decent snapshot of the last 12 (or so) months of golf.

And in those 12 months Jordan Spieth has made a climb the likes of which we've seen few times, if ever.

A recap.

500 days ago: Spieth is ranked No. 810 in the world.
400 days ago: Spieth is ranked No. 276 in the world. 
300 days ago: Spieth is ranked No. 141 in the world.
200 days ago: Spieth is ranked No. 21 in the world.
100 days ago: Spieth is ranked No. 17 in the world.
Today: Spieth is ranked No. 9 in the world.

That's right, after the 2014 Masters Spieth has sandwiched himself between Phil Mickelson (No. 8) and Rory McIlroy (No. 10) as a top 10 golfer in the world.

I mean, just look at this:

That's incredible. And what's even crazier is that he's used only 43 events to do it. Among those in the world top 20 only Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, Jason Day, and Steve Stricker have played in fewer. 

There were other movers this week, too. Bubba Watson went from No. 12 to No. 4 with his win at Augusta. Jimmy Walker went from No. 24 to No. 19, Miguel Angel Jimenez went from No. 50 to No. 32, and Jonas Blixt went from No. 56 to No. 33

All impressive -- and Watson's most desirable -- but none as meteoric as Spieth.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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