Glover, Duval, Barnes rise in rankings

Updated: June 22, 2009, 4:56 PM ET
By Jason Sobel | ESPN.com

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- Listed at No. 71 in the Official World Golf Ranking, Lucas Glover became the fourth-lowest ranked player to win the U.S. Open since the inception of the ranking in 1986.

Not surprisingly, he isn't 71st anymore.

With his victory at Bethpage Black, Glover jumped 53 spots, moving up to 18th on the latest version of the OWGR. That places him above such former major champions as Ernie Els (19), Zach Johnson (21), Mike Weir (23), Retief Goosen (25) and reigning Masters champion Angel Cabrera (28).

Even prior to this latest climb in the rankings, Glover had enjoyed a rise of more than 100 places since the beginning of the year. Entering the first week of 2009, he was No. 178 in the world.

Of course, Glover wasn't the only player who enjoyed a significant move thanks to a strong U.S. Open result.

At this time a decade ago, David Duval was the world's top-ranked player, holding that distinction from March 28-Aug. 8, 1999. Prior to the U.S. Open, he had slipped all the way to No. 882, but a share of second place bumped him up to the 142nd position.

It was a similar story for another co-runner-up, as Ricky Barnes moved from No. 519 to 153rd based on the strength of his best career PGA Tour finish.

Jason Sobel covers golf for ESPN.com.

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Golf Editor, ESPN.com
Jason Sobel, who joined ESPN in 1997, earned four Sports Emmy awards as a member of ESPN's Studio Production department. He became ESPN.com's golf editor in July 2004.

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