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With Martin Kaymer leading the charge, European golfers now hold the top four positions on the World Rankings list.

With Martin Kaymer leading the charge, European golfers now hold the top four positions on the World Rankings list.

They are also in possession of six of the top 10 spots.

Kaymer elbowed Lee Westwood out of the number one spot by qualifying for the WGC-Accenture Match Play final at the weekend and Luke Donald’s oustanding win over Kamer in the final has lifted the Englishman from 9th to the 3rd place previously occupied by Tiger Woods.

Woods, who had held the World No 1 crown for longer than any other golfer in history before he ran into trouble with his personal life, has now been bumped down to No 5 on the ranking list after his first-round KO at Dove Mountain by Thomas Bjorn.

The top four on the lastest World Ranking list as updated on Monday are Martin Kaymer of Germany at No 1, England’s Lee Westwood and Luke Donald at Nos 2 and 3 respectively and Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell at Number four.

England’s Paul Casey at number seven and Rory McIlroy at No 8 make up the balance of the six Europeans in the top 10 with Americans Woods (5th), Phil Mickelson (6th), Steve Stricker (9th) and Matt Kuchar (10th) filling the other four slots

This is the first time since Ian Woosnam, Nick Faldo, Jose Maria Olazabal and Seve Ballesteros topped the World Rankings list in 1992 that Europeans have owned the first four places – and it is also believed to be the first time that six of their golfers have occupied the top eight places.
b>The latest World Top 10 are:
1 Martin Kaymer 8.35pts
2 Lee Westwood 8.15
3 Luke Donald 6.63
4 Graeme McDowell 6.44
5 Tiger Woods 6.32
6 Phil Mickelson 6.23
7 Paul Casey 6.02
8 Rory McIlroy 5.65
9 Steve Stricker 5.49
10 Matt Kuchar 5.19

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