Rahm rolls, regains No. 1 spot; Homa, Zalatoris rise at Riviera
Jon Rahm can’t be stopped.
The Spaniard won The Genesis Invitational at Riviera for his fifth victory in his last nine worldwide starts, and his third win of 2023. Thanks to his recent Rahmpage, he regained the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Rankings.
En route to victory, Rahm had to fend off one of the game’s other hottest players, Max Homa. The two were tied at 15 under heading to the par-3 14th, but Rahm rolled in a 45-foot birdie putt from the fringe to take a one-stroke advantage, and he never looked back.
Homa finished runner-up at his hometown event, which he won in 2021, and moved to No. 8 in the world, cracking the top 10 for the first time in his career.
“I'm very proud,” Homa said afterward, fighting tears. “I did not have it off the tee today, but man, I fought. I really just wanted to push [Rahm].”
Homa dazzled in his first Presidents Cup appearance last year, and with a win earlier this year at the Farmers Insurance Open, plus his runner-up at Riviera, the six-time Tour winner continues to climb the Ryder Cup points list. He jumped from fifth to third after the Genesis Invitational.
Patrick Cantlay, 2020 Ryder Cupper, finished one stroke back of Homa and soared from No. 19 to 8th on the points list, while Will Zalatoris shot a final-round 64 to finish solo fourth, moving from No. 3 to 2. Scottie Scheffler retained the No. 1 spot after a T-12 finish.
Moving down the Rankings, Keith Mitchell leveraged a 5th-place finish to rocket from No. 25 to 11th, with Sahith Theegala also making moves - up from No. 26 to 16th.
U.S. Team Captain Zach Johnson first announced the 2023 qualifying structure last year. Points in 2023 are awarded as follows:
- 1 point per $1,000 earned at regular PGA Tour events beginning January 1, including the Zurich Classic and WGC events, through the BMW Championship (August 20)
- 2 points per $1,000 earned for winner of the Masters, PGA Championship, U.S. Open and The Open
- 1.5 points per $1,000 earned for all others that make the cut at the Masters, PGA Championship, U.S. Open and The Open
- No points available at PGA Tour opposite-field events
Points qualification will conclude immediately after the second FedEx Cup Play-Off event (BMW Championship) on August 20, 2023, with the top six eligible players on the points list securing spots on the U.S. Team.
The six remaining slots on the U.S. Team will be Captain’s Selections and will be announced by Johnson following the 2023 Tour Championship.
For a full list of the Top 100 in the U.S. Ryder Cup standings, click here.