Now G-mac leapfrogs R-mac

European Tour

Graeme McDowell has moved back to 7th place on the World Ranking list – at Rory McIlroy’s expense.

Graeme McDowell on Monday morning moved back to seventh place on the World Ranking list ahead of his defence of the US Open at Congressional Country Club this week.

And ironically it’s at the expense of fellow countryman and good friend Rory McIlroy who skips back to eighth on an updated Ranking list that continued to have Luke Donald in the coveted top sport with fellow Englishman Lee Westwood and German Martin Kaymer in the next two places behind him.

Former long-time No 1 Tiger Woods, currently sidelined with a knee injury, remains at No 15 with this week’s highest placed Americans being Steve Stricker at No 4 and Phil Mickelson at No 5 and Matt Kuchar at six.

Dustin Johnson at No 9 and Paul Casey at 10 means that the score still stands at USA 4, Europe 6, with the Americans continuing to play second fiddle to the Brits and Europeans

Swede Robert Karlsson, in the meantime, has tip-toed his way back into the top 20 on the 17th rung of the rankings after losing his weekend play-off in Memphis for the second year running, this time to little known American Harrison Frazar.

Latest leading positions in the world golf rankings: 1 Luke Donald 9.11pts
2 Lee Westwood 8.36
3 Martin Kaymer 7.29
4 Steve Stricker 6.44
5 Phil Mickelson 6.09
6 Matt Kuchar 5.58
7 Graeme McDowell 5.46
8 Rory McIlroy 5.40
9 Dustin Johnson 5.08
10 Paul Casey 5.07 11 Charl Schwartzel 5.04
12 Bubba Watson 4.90
13 Ian Poulter 4.80
14 Nick Watney 4.70
15 Tiger Woods 4.53
16 KJ Choi 4.43
17 Robert Karlsson 4.25
18 Jason Day 4.25
19 Jim Furyk 4.20
20 Hunter Mahan 4.15
Other leading Europeans: 22 Francesco Molinari
24 Martin Laird
25 Alvaro Quiros
27 Miguel Angel Jimenez
29 Justin Rose
30 Matteo Manassero
36 Edoardo Molinari
37 Anders Hansen
47 Peter Hanson
52 Padraig Harrington
54 Ross Fisher
70 Simon Dyson
72 Thomas Bjorn
75 Gregory Bourdy
76 Sergio Garcia
77 Raphael Jacquelin
79 Nicolas Colsaerts
80 David Horsey
81 Alexander Noren
82 Stephen Gallacher
91 Brian Davis
95 Johan Edfors
96 Rhys Davies
99 equal Carl Pettersson and Darren Clarke

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