McIlroy leapfrogs Tiger Woods

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Rory McIlroy has moved ahead of Tiger Woods into a career-high sixth place on the World Rankings list.

Northern Ireland’s 21-year-old Rory McIlroy has moved ahead of Tiger Woods into a career-high sixth place on the World Rankings list.

In the same week in which Lee Westwood strengthened his hold on the World No 1 crown with his European Tour victory at the Ballantines Championship in Korea, McIlroy and Tiger Woods switched places even though both took the week off from competitive golf.

McIlroy will be back in action on Thursday to defend his Quail Hollow title in the inaurgural Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina, but Woods, it has been reported, will miss the event through an injury that is not considered serious enough to keep him sidelined for long .

In the meantime the big-hitting left-hander Bubba Watson has broken into the top 10 at No 10 on the World Ranking list by beating fellow American Webb Simpson at the second extra hole of a play-off on Sunday at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

The latest Top 100

1 Lee Westwood (Eng) 8.22pts
2 Martin Kaymer (Ger) 7.55
3 Luke Donald (Eng) 7.28
4 Phil Mickelson (USA) 6.55
5 Graeme McDowell (NIrl) 5.65
6 Tiger Woods (USA) 5.54
7 Rory McIlroy (NIrl) 5.54
8 Paul Casey (Eng) 5.49
9 Steve Stricker (USA) 5.34
10 Matt Kuchar (USA) 5.24
11 Bubba Watson (USA) 5.24
12 Charl Schwartzel (Rsa) 5.08
13 Dustin Johnson (USA) 5.07
14 Jim Furyk (USA) 4.79
15 Nick Watney (USA) 4.61
16 Ernie Els (Rsa) 4.34
17 Adam Scott (Aus) 4.21
18 Ian Poulter (Eng) 4.12
19 Francesco Molinari (Ita) 4.07
20 Hunter Mahan (USA) 4.05
21 Martin Laird (Sco) 3.99
22 Robert Karlsson (Swe) 3.98
23 Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa) 3.92
24 Jason Day (Aus) 3.87
25 Retief Goosen (Rsa) 3.80
26 Justin Rose (Eng) 3.69
27 Alvaro Quiros (Spa) 3.64
28 Geoff Ogilvy (Aus) 3.46
29 Edoardo Molinari (Ita) 3.40
30 Tim Clark (Rsa) 3.40
31 Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa) 3.37
32 Robert Allenby (Aus) 3.26
33 Matteo Manassero (Ita) 3.24
34 K J Choi (Kor) 3.18
35 Ben Crane (USA) 2.98
36 Kyung-Tae Kim (Kor) 2.95
37 Y.E. Yang (Kor) 2.95
38 Rickie Fowler (USA) 2.90
39 Ryan Moore (USA) 2.87
40 Brandt Snedeker (USA) 2.84
41 Zach Johnson (USA) 2.81
42 Padraig Harrington (Irl) 2.76
43 Anthony Kim (USA) 2.63
44 Ryo Ishikawa (Jpn) 2.62
45 Peter Hanson (Swe) 2.61
46 Gary Woodland (USA) 2.61
47 Ross Fisher (Eng) 2.61
48 Anders Hansen (Den) 2.56
49 Bo Van Pelt (USA) 2.54
50 Bill Haas (USA) 2.50
51 Mark Wilson (USA) 2.45
52 Brendan Jones (Aus) 2.41
53 Charley Hoffman (USA) 2.36
54 Aaron Baddeley (Aus) 2.34
55 Yuta Ikeda (Jpn) 2.33
56 Vijay Singh (Fij) 2.31
57 Ryan Palmer (USA) 2.31
58 Camilo Villegas (Col) 2.31
59 Stephen Marino (USA) 2.28
60 Rory Sabbatini (Rsa) 2.27
61 J.B. Holmes (USA) 2.23
62 Jeff Overton (USA) 2.22
63 Hiroyuki Fujita (Jpn) 2.18
64 Jonathan Byrd (USA) 2.16
65 Kevin Na (USA) 2.13
66 Scott Verplank (USA) 2.10
67 Thomas Bjorn (Den) 2.08
68 Jason Dufner (USA) 2.07
69 Stewart Cink (USA) 2.07
70 Webb Simpson (USA) 2.01
71 Ricky Barnes (USA) 1.98
72 Stephen Gallacher (Sco) 1.83
73 Garcia Sergio (Spa) 1.83
74 Stuart Appleby (Aus) 1.82
75 Thongchai Jaidee (Tha) 1.82
76 David Toms (USA) 1.82
77 Angel Cabrera (Arg) 1.82
78 Richard Green (Aus) 1.81
79 Heath Slocum (USA) 1.81
80 Sean O’Hair (USA) 1.80
81 Toru Taniguchi (Jpn) 1.78
82 Noh Seung-yul (Kor) 1.78
83 Raphael Jacquelin (Fra) 1.72
84 Simon Dyson (Eng) 1.72
85 Tetsuji Hiratsuka (Jpn) 1.71
86 Rhys Davies (Wal) 1.69
87 Jhonattan Vegas (USA) 1.67
88 David Horsey (Eng) 1.66
89 Tommy Gainey (USA) 1.65
90 Marc Leishman (Aus) 1.64
91 Gregory Bourdy (Fra) 1.63
92 D.A. Points (USA) 1.63
93 Brendon De Jonge (USA) 1.62
94 Chris Kirk (USA) 1.60
95 Wen-chong Liang (Chn) 1.59
96 John Senden (Aus) 1.58
97 Spencer Levin (USA) 1.57
98 Robert Garrigus (USA) 1.56
99 Danny Willett (Eng) 1.56
100 Brian Davis (Eng) 1.55

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