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Watson vaults to No. 4 in world rankings

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Bubba Watson collected his second green jacket in three years at The Masters on Sunday, and that vaulted him to No. 4 in this week's world golf rankings.

Watson used a 4-stroke swing at the eighth and ninth holes to turn a 2-stroke deficit to Jordan Spieth into a 2-stroke lead. Watson would hold onto his lead for the remainder of the day and cruised to a 3-stroke victory over Spieth and Jonas Blixt.

His second career major victory jumped Watson eight places in the rankings.

The top three players remained the same, with Tiger Woods again being followed by Adam Scott and Henrik Stenson.

Watson's jump caused Jason Day to fall a spot to fifth, while Matt Kuchar and Sergio Garcia swapped places to sit in sixth and seventh, respectively. Phil Mickelson dropped three places to eighth after missing his first Masters cut in 20 years.

Spieth moved up four places to ninth, causing Rory McIlroy to fall a place to round out the top 10.

Justin Rose dropped three spots to 11th as Zach Johnson and Dustin Johnson both fell two places to sit at Nos. 12 and 13.

Graeme McDowell, Steve Stricker, Jason Dufner, Charl Schwartzel and Keegan Bradley all held firm from 14th though 18th.

Jimmy Walker shared eighth place at Augusta to jump up five places to 19th and Brandt Snedeker fell a place to sit at No. 20. Walker's jump caused Ian Poulter to fall out of the top 20.

Blixt's share of second place vaulted him 23 spots in the rankings to 33rd.

04/14 12:04:13 ET

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