Less than a month out from the US Masters, the first golf major of the year, Seamus Power is right on the cusp of making it to Augusta National.

As things stand, Ireland will have at least three players involved: Rory McIlroy, Shane Lowry and Padraig Harrington.

Power needs to stay in the world's top 50 to make his first ever Masters appearance - after missing the cut in Orlando in the Bay Hill Invitational over the weekend he sits at No 50.

McIlroy has dropped one place to sixth in the world after he fell back to a tie for 13th place in Orlando while Lowry - who didn't play the event - is No 36.

McIlroy, Lowry and Power are all in the field for the Players Championship in Sawgrass this week and Power will be desperate for a decent showing to enhance his chances of making it to Augusta.

The faces of the new generation of golf are well represented at the top of the latest rankings.

With Scottie Scheffler [above] leaping past McIlroy thanks to his win at the Arnold Palmer, the average age of the top five players is 26 years old.

Jon Rahm, 27, maintained his spot atop the rankings after his tie for 17th at Bay Hill. The Spaniard is followed by American Collin Morikawa, 25, who was idle last week.

Norway's Viktor Hovland was unable to cash in on his 54-hole lead, but the 24-year-old climbed another spot to a career-best third in the world with his tied for second. He leapfrogged American Patrick Cantlay, who is the elder statesman of the current top five at 29 years old.

Scheffler, 25, got his second victory of the season and has moved up seven spots since the end of 2021.

"I've just made little improvements over the years, and I'm starting to see them pay off a little bit, which is really awesome," Scheffler said Sunday.

McIlroy is followed by Americans Xander Schauffele, Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson along with Australia's Cameron Smith in the top 10.

England's Tyrrell Hatton was a big mover in this week's rankings, rising seven spots to No 16 with his T2 at Bay Hill, where he won two years ago.

Brooks Koepka, who said earlier this year that he was "embarrassed" by his world ranking, slipped another three spots to No 18.

Meanwhile, a few other players continue to ride strong starts to 2022 to new career high-water marks.

Tom Hoge began the year at No 110. He's now 37th after a T32 at the Arnold Palmer.

Cameron Young didn't post a round in the 60s at the demanding Bay Hill course, but he still managed a T13 that saw him rise to No 44. He began the year ranked 134th.

Former US Open champion Gary Woodland continued his resurgence. His T5 at Bay Hill shot Woodland up from 115th to 91st.

Rickie Fowler, who failed to qualify for The Players for the first time since 2009, is mired in 122nd. The 2015 champion at TPC Sawgrass made the cut last weekend but settled for T52 after posting 76-77 over the weekend.

Additional reporting: Reuters