Donald widens Rankings gap

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Luke Donald widened the gap at the top of the World Ranking list with his victory in the Scottish Open on Sunday.

Luke Donald widened the gap at the top of the World Ranking list between himself and fellow Englishman Lee Westwood with his magnificent, come-from-behind victory in the Barclays Scottish Open on Sunday.

After this, Westwood will need a top-two finish in the Open to stand any chance of regaining the world number one spot from Luke Donald this week.

Six weeks after going top for the first time in his career with a play-off victory over Westwood at Wentworth’s BMW Championship, Donald stretched his lead at Castle Stuart near Inverness at the weekend.

If Westwood wins his first major at Sandwich on Sunday, Donald would have to be second to remain number one.

On the other hand, unless Westwood is second alone, his fellow Englishman will still stay top with a top-21 finish.

On the other side of the Atlantic, Steve Stricker has also strengthed his position as currently the USA’s highest ranked golfer with his third straight victory in the John Deere Classic in Illinois on Sunday.

Stricker remains at No 5 behind hot Europeans Donald, Westwood, Martin Kymer of Germany and Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland.

Phil Mickelson is behinmd him in 6th place with Matt Kuchar the next best American in 7th place.

Lomg-time World No 1 Tiger Woods, sidelined since pulling out of the Players Championship in April with knee and Achilles heel injuries, has moved out to No 19

At No 8 Jason Day remains the highest ranked Australian with Masters champion Charl Schwartzel the leading South African at No 11 and KJ Choi the leading Asian at No 13.

Latest world rankings:
1 Luke Donald 9.74 points, 2 Lee Westwood 8.62, 3 Martin Kaymer 7.27, 4 Rory McIlroy 7.17, 5 Steve Stricker 6.89, 6 Phil Mickelson 5.55, 7 Matt Kuchar 5.55, 8 Jason Day 5.46, 9 Graeme McDowell 5.38, 10 Nick Watney 5.37
11 Charl Schwartzel 5.23, 12 Dustin Johnson 4.92, 13 KJ Choi 4.75, 14 Paul Casey 4.74, 15 Bubba Watson 4.71, 16 Ian Poulter 4.61, 17 Adam Scott 4.08, 18 Robert Karlsson 3.98, 19 Tiger Woods 3.93, 20 Hunter Mahan 3.92
Other leading Europeans:
22 Francesco Molinari, 25 Alvaro Quiros, 26 Martin Laird, 28 Miguel Angel Jimenez, 29 Matteo Manassero, 31 Justin Rose, 37 Edoardo Molinari, 39 Peter Hanson, 44 Anders Hansen, 53 Sergio Garcia, 56 Ross Fisher, 57 Padraig Harrington, 62 Fredrik Jacobson, 71 Nicolas Colsaerts, 74 Simon Dyson, 76 Fredrik Andersson Hed, 78 Raphael Jacquelin, 80 Thomas Bjorn, 81 Gregory Bourdy, 86 David Horsey, 88 Alexander Noren, 90 Brian Davis, 92 Johan Edfors, 93 Jamie Donaldson, 94 Pablo Larrazabal, 96 Stephen Gallacher, 99 Carl Pettersson.

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