Garcia plummits to 50th
Sergio Garcia is in free fall on the World Rankings list – and almost every other table that means anything.
Sergio Garcia is in free fall on the World Rankings list – and on almost every other table that means anything.
The beleaguered Spanish star is down to 50th in the world and is in an even more precarious Ryder Cup position than Tiger Woods.
Garcia was as high as second in the World rankings only 16 months ago, but has had a nightmare time since and not only finds himself 50th in the rankings, but only 19th on the European Ryder Cup standings heading into this week’s US PGA Championship.
The 30-year-old Spaniard has been an ever-present force in every Ryder Cup match since becoming the youngest-ever player at 19 in 1999, but with competition for the three wild cards hotter than ever before, he desperately needs to show captain Colin Montgomerie some real form at Whistling Straits this week.
American Hunter Mahan, winner of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, has, in the meantime, climbed to a career-high 12th in the World Rankings and to 2nd in the US Ryder Cup standings.
Phil Mickelson blew another opportunity on Sunday to replace Tiger Woods as world number one, but will have another chance at the US PGA Championship starting on Thursday.
Once again Mickelson needs a top four finish to move past Woods
Victory at Whistling Straits will make him number one, while second will do if Woods – 78th out of 80 in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational – is outside the top three.
Should Mickelson be third Woods will have to be in the top 11 to hold him off, while fourth will do if Woods is outside the top 46.
World number four Steve Stricker could take top spot as well this week if he wins the final major of the season at Whistling Straits and Woods is worse than 24th and Mickelson lower than third.
Current number three Lee Westwood misses the event because of his ruptured calf muscle.
Latest leading positions in the world golf rankings:
1 Tiger Woods 9.63, 2 Phil Mickelson 9.19, 3 Lee Westwood 8.99, 4 Steve Stricker 7.51, 5 Jim Furyk 6.83, 6 Ernie Els 5.71, 7 Luke Donald 5.49, 8 Rory McIlroy 5.46, 9 Paul Casey 5.46, 10 Ian Poulter 5.23.
11 Graeme McDowell 4.94, 12 Hunter Mahan 4.94, 13 Martin Kaymer 4.86, 14 Anthony Kim 4.80, 15 Retief Goosen 4.45, 16 Padraig Harrington 4.30, 17 Robert Allenby 4.25, 18 Louis Oosthuizen 4.23, 19 Sean O’Hair 4.13, 20 Justin Rose 3.99.
Other leading Europeans:
21 Edoardo Molinari, 22 Ross Fisher, 26 Henrik Stenson, 34 Robert Karlsson, 36 Miguel Angel Jimenez, 37 Francesco Molinari, 42 Alvaro Quiros, 48 Peter Hanson, 50 Sergio Garcia, 52 Rhys Davies, 58 Oliver Wilson, 68 Soren Hansen, 69 Soren Kjeldsen, 76 Fredrik Andersson Hed, 79 Anders Hansen, 80 Brian Davis, 82 Shane Lowry, 84 Simon Dyson, 86 Chris Wood, 88 Fredrik Jacobson, 89 Danny Willett, 94 Stephen Gallacher, 96 David Horsey, 97 Ross McGowan, 100 Darren Clarke.
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