Adam Scott shot a final-round 65.
Adam Scott shot a final-round 65.

Aussies on the rise after bumper weekend

RANKING rises came thick and fast for Australia's golfers after a stirring weekend of results, but none was more important than Adam Scott's leap.

The former world No.1 pulled out a six-year-old driver and went back to his broomstick putter at the Players Championship in Florida and finished tied for 11th after a closing 68.

Scott moves from No.71 in the world to 65. He needs to be in the top 60 by June 11 to guarantee a start in the US Open and keep his streak of 67 major championships alive.

The Queenslander has played in every major since the 2001 British Open.

"I putted better than I have this year for four consecutive days,'' Scott, 37, said.

"So I like that. Confidence is building with the putter and certainly helps free up a little bit of the rest of the game.

"And if I can keep swinging it nicely for the next couple weeks, I feel like my game will be in really good shape."

Adam Scott with his broomstick putter.
Adam Scott with his broomstick putter.

Jason Day was the best-performed Aussie at the Players, finishing tied for fifth. He maintained his place at world No.7.

Rising star Lucas Herbert, 22, produced perhaps the best golf of his fledging professional career at the Sicily Open on the European Tour. He closed with a 63 to finish tied for third, and as a result jumped 40 places in the rankings to 143.

Dimi Papadatos had the biggest rankings bump, soaring 153 places to 280 with his victory in the Portugal Open on the Challenge Tour, Europe's secondary tour.

Victorian Matt Griffin came within millimetres of making a playoff at the Japan PGA Championship, but his missed birdie putt at the 18th hole was enough for him to finish tied for third with fellow Aussie Brendan Jones.

Lucas Herbert in action at the Sicilian Open.
Lucas Herbert in action at the Sicilian Open.

"Still rapt with tied 3rd though in one of Japan's "majors"," Griffin said on Twitter.

Australian Open champion Cameron Davis, 23, continued his progress finishing tied for fourth at the Tour's Knoxville Open in Tennessee, his best finish in three starts in the US.


Aussies around the world last weekend

US PGA TOUR - The Players Championship: T-5 Jason Day, T-11 Adam Scott

WEB.COM TOUR - Knoxville Open: T-4 Cameron Davis

EUROPEAN TOUR - Sicilian Open: T-3 Lucas Herbert

EUROPEAN CHALLENGE TOUR - Portugal Open: Winner Dimi Papadatos

JAPAN TOUR - Japan PGA Championship: T-3 Matt Griffin, T-3 Brendan Jones