Who's the lowest-ranked golfer to win a major? asked Peter Webster
We have to date this question from April 1986, when the official golf rankings were set up -- Bernhard Langer was the first No.1, a position he retained for just three weeks before Seve Ballesteros took over.
Since then the lowest-ranked man to win a major was Ben Curtis, the surprise winner of the 2003 Open Championship at Sandwich. He was ranked 396 in the world at the time, although he rose by a record 361 places to 35th the following week.
There have been seven other major wins by golfers ranked outside the top 100:
Shaun Micheel: 169th (2003 PGA Championship)
John Daly: 168th (1991 PGA Championship)
Paul Lawrie: 159th (1999 Open Championship)
Darren Clark: 111th (2011 Open Championship)
YE Yang: 110th (2009 PGA Championship)
Keegan Bradley: 108th (2011 PGA Championship)
John Daly: 108th (1995 Open Championship)
The lowest-ranked golfer to win the US Open is Steve Jones, who was world No.99 in 1996. The lowest-ranked Masters champion was Angel Cabrera, at 69th, in 2009.