Donald now No 2 in the World

Luke Donald’s joint 4th place at Sawgrass has hoisted him to No 2 in the world behind Lee Westwood.

Luke Donald’s putter missed the magic needed to win The Players, but his joint 4th place at Sawgrass on Sunday has hoisted him to No 2 in the world behind Lee Westwood.

And that means that for the first time in memory, English players are in possession of the two top rungs on the official World Rankings list.

Donald, who could have elbowed Westwood out of the top spot in the rankings had he won at the TPC Sawgrass on Sunday – Westwood, along with fellow Brit Rory McIlroy, surprisingly took the week off and didn’t contest The Players – moved into second spot at the expense of Germany’s reigning US PGA champion Martin Kaymer, who finished 19th at Sawgrass.

Phil Mickelson, who finished in a four-way tie with fallen third round Players leader Graeme McDowell in 33rd place at Sawgrass, remains the leading American in the rankings at No 4 with Steve Stricker at No 7, Tiger Woods at No 8 and Matt Kuchar at No 10.

Behind Westwood Donald and Kaymer, McDowell is in fifth place, Rory McIlroy sixth and Paul Casey ninth to give the Europeans six of the top 10 and four of the top five places in the current rankings.

Back in Spain on the European Tour, Clarke’s welcome come-back victory at the Iberdrola Open in Mallorca on Sunday has reversed his free-fall on the rankings list and bumped him up 36 places from 124th to a Top 100 spot at 88th.

The latest Top 20-ranked players are:
1 Lee Westwood 8.09pts
2 Luke Donald 7.51
3 Martin Kaymer 7.24
4 Phil Mickelson 6.40
5 Graeme McDowell 5.62
6 Rory McIlroy 5.44
7 Steve Stricker 5.27
8 Tiger Woods 5.19
9 Paul Casey 5.17
10 Matt Kuchar 5.11
11 Bubba Watson 5.09
12 Charl Schwartzel 5.03
13 Dustin Johnson 4.95
14 Nick Watney 4.83
15 KJ Choi 4.66
16 Jim Furyk 4.54
17 Ernie Els 4.16
18 Hunter Mahan 4.15
19 Adam Scott 4.10
20 Jason Day 4.07

Other leading Europeans:
21 Francesco Molinari
22 Ian Poulter
23 Robert Karlsson
24 Martin Laird
25 Miguel Angel Jimenez
26 Alvaro Quiros
28 Justin Rose
31 Edoardo Molinari
34 Matteo Manassero
40 Anders Hansen
43 Padraig Harrington
48 Peter Hanson
51 Ross Fisher
71 Thomas Bjorn
73 Sergio Garcia
77 Stephen Gallacher
84 Simon Dyson
85 David Horsey
88 Darren Clarke
90 Raphael Jacquelin
91 Brian Davis
92 Gregory Bourdy
93 Rhys Davies
100 Carl Pettersson