G-Mac tied 4th with Lefty in rankings

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Graeme McDowell has moved up into a tie for fourth place with Phil Mickelson on this week’s World Rankings list.

Graeme McDowell has moved up into a tie for fourth place with Phil Mickelson on this week’s World Rankings list as the two head for the Emirates and this week’s Abu Dhabi Championship.

There is also another unusual tie lower down in 10th place which Ernie Els now shares with Ian Poulter and it means that Europe, the most recent winners of the Ryder Cup, continues to outrank the USA at the top end of the Rankings.

This via Westwood (1st), Kaymer (3rd), McDowell (tied 4th), Paul Casey (8th), Luke Donald (9th) and Poulter (tied 10th).

Against Europe’s six golfers, the Americans have four ranked in the top 10, these being Tiger Woods (2nd), Mickelson (tied 4th), Steve Stricker (6th) and Jim Furyk (7th).

In the Top 20 there are 10 Europe-born golfers to 6 Americans and four South Africans.

A 5th South African, Charl Schwartzel, has rocketed nine places to No 23 on the strength of his European Tour victory at the Joburg Open in South Africa at the weekend

The latest Top 20 ranked players:
1 Lee Westwood 8.82
2 Tiger Woods 7.31
3 Martin Kaymer 7.04
4 Graeme McDowell and Phil Mickelson tied at 6.23
6 Steve Stricker 6.02
7 Jim Furyk 5.76
8 Paul Casey 5.65
9 Luke Donald 5.50
10 Ernie Els and Ian Poulter tied at 5.40
12 Rory McIlroy 5.40
13 Matt Kuchar 4.81
14 Dustin Johnson 4.41
15 Francesco Molinari 4.32
16 Retief Goosen 4.30
17 Robert Karlsson 4.20
18 Louis Oosthuizen 4.03
19 Edoardo Molinari 4.03
20 Tim Clark 3.83
Other leading Europeans:
26 Padraig Harrington
27 Miguel Angel Jimenez
31 Justin Rose
34 Ross Fisher
39 Peter Hanson
49 Martin Laird
50 Alvaro Quiros
53 Henrik Stenson
62 Matteo Manassero
65 Simon Dyson
71 Anders Hansen
72 Fredrik Andersson Hed
73 Rhys Davies
75 Danny Willett
77 Brian Davis
79 Sergio Garcia
86 Carl Pettersson
88 Soren Kjeldsen
89 Chris Wood
92 Stephen Gallacher
93 Oliver Wilson
96 David Horsey
97 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano.

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