Date: October 24, 2017
Author: Martin Blake

Leishman at career-high No. 12

Marc Leishman's breakout year in America has left him on the cusp of the world's top 10 for the first time in his career.

Leishman, the Australian who lost a playoff to world No. 3 Justin Thomas in South Korea, has soared from No. 16 to a career-high No. 12 in the official world golf rankings after last week's result, on the back of a two-win season on the United States PGA Tour.

His ranking has risen more than 40 spots, from No. 56, at the end of 2016.

The 33-year-old is not the second-highest ranked Australian behind Jason Day, who is ranked No. 8 despite not winning a tournament in 2017, and ahead of Adam Scott, who has dipped to No. 25.

Americans have the ranks one to three, with Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Thomas.

Queenslander Cameron Smith also has made a strong move in the latest rankings, to No. 87 in the world after he finished third in Korea behind Thomas and Leishman.

Smith, who won his first US Tour event this year (in a teams format with Jonas Blixt) has risen more than 50 positions in the past fortnight with his fifth place in Kuala Lumpur and his near-miss in Korea.

Day, Leishman and Scott are playing the World Golf Championship event in Shanghai this week, the HSBC Champions, worth $US9.75 million but Smith is having a break.