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Jason Day returns to No. 1 in OWGR; Rafa Cabrera-Bello earns Masters invite

Jason Day
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Monday, March 28, 2016

Two weeks ago, Jason Day spoke to the media in the interview room at Bay Hill Club and Lodge.

"I still want to be the best," said Day, who was preparing for the Arnold Palmer Invitational after having dropped to No. 3 in the Official World Golf Ranking thanks to a slow start to the year.

"I want to get back to No. 1, but these things take time. It's not like something you can click a button and it happens overnight."

Well, apparently returning to No. 1 doesn't take much time. After two straight victories – at the API and then Sunday at the WGC-Dell Match Play – Day is back atop the world rankings.

He now stands at 12.53 average points, nearly a point and a half better than previous No. 1 Jordan Spieth. Day had held the No. 1 position before, spending four weeks atop the OWGR following his victory last fall at the BMW Championship.

The rest of the top 10 remained unchanged: Rory McIlroy stayed at No. 3, followed by No. 4 Bubba Watson, No. 5 Rickie Fowler, No. 6 Adam Scott, No. 7 Henrik Stenson, No. 8 Justin Rose, No. 9 Dustin Johnson and No. 10 Patrick Reed.

Monday was the final cutoff for players to qualify for the 2016 Masters via the OWGR top 50. Only one player – Rafa Cabrera-Bello – moved inside the top 50 (he climbed 18 spots to No. 36) to earn a trip to Augusta National.

Another big mover this week was Tony Finau, who picked up his maiden PGA Tour victory at the Puerto Rico Open. Finau moved up 31 spots to No. 72.

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