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Long-time World No 2 Phil Mickelson has fallen out of the world’s top 10 for the first time since February 2004.

Long-time World No 2 Phil Mickelson has fallen out of the world’s top 10 for the first time since February 2004.

The popular California, who for most of the decade that Tiger Woods ruled the roost on the World Rankings list doggedly sat immediately behind in second place without ever being able to replace him, has now been edged out of the World’s top 10 and into 11th place by Webb Simpson.

The rankings promotion for the US PGA Tour’s late-season star will come as some compensation for the fact that he lost out to Luke Donald in the race for the PGA Tour’s Money list title when the Englishman swept through from 14th place and 5 shots back to win the Tour’s season-ending Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic in Florida on Sunday.

Simpson, who led at one stage during the final round, could not match Donald’s super-heated back nine finish and came away from the tournament in 6th place, but with enough points to climb past Mickelson into the top 10 on the rankings list

Donald, meanwhile, has stretched his lead over fellow Englishman Lee Westwood at the top of the rankings list to 3,27 points, while Sergio Garcia’s comprehensive 11-shot, home-town victory at the Castello Masters has taken the Spaniard from just inside the top 50 bubble at 49th to 31st.

Tiger Woods, once more inactive and not scheduled to play again until next months Australian Open, has meanwhile tumbled to 55th place on the rankings list.

The Top 100 on the latest Rankings list are:

1 Luke Donald (Eng) 10.75
2 Lee Westwood (Eng) 7.48
3 Rory McIlroy (NIrl) 7.31
4 Dustin Johnson (USA) 6.24
5 Steve Stricker (USA) 6.24
6 Martin Kaymer (Ger) 6.09
7 Jason Day (Aus) 5.73
8 Adam Scott (Aus) 5.48
9 Matt Kuchar (USA) 5.40
10 Webb Simpson (USA) 5.36
11 Phil Mickelson (USA) 5.26
12 Nick Watney (USA) 5.24
13 K J Choi (Kor) 4.75
14 Charl Schwartzel (Rsa) 4.68
15 Graeme McDowell (NIrl) 4.45
16 Bubba Watson (USA) 4.26
17 Justin Rose (Eng) 4.13
18 Hunter Mahan (USA) 4.03
19 David Toms (USA) 4.02
20 Bill Haas (USA) 3.75
21 Kyung-tae Kim (Kor) 3.69
22 Paul Casey (Eng) 3.64
23 Robert Karlsson (Swe) 3.57
24 Rickie Fowler (USA) 3.55
25 Ian Poulter (Eng) 3.49
26 Brandt Snedeker (USA) 3.45
27 Thomas Bjorn (Den) 3.45
28 Keegan Bradley (USA) 3.40
29 Jim Furyk (USA) 3.31
30 Simon Dyson (Eng) 3.31
31 Sergio Garcia (Spa) 3.29
32 Anders Hansen (Den) 3.25
33 Darren Clarke (NIrl) 3.25
34 Francesco Molinari (Ita) 3.18
35 Jason Dufner (USA) 3.17
36 Martin Laird (Sco) 3.09
37 Y.E. Yang (Kor) 3.05
38 Geoff Ogilvy (Aus) 3.05
39 Bo Van Pelt (USA) 3.04
40 Zach Johnson (USA) 3.03
41 Gary Woodland (USA) 3.01
42 Alvaro Quiros (Spa) 2.99
43 Sang-moon Bae (Kor) 2.99
44 Retief Goosen (Rsa) 2.93
45 Ernie Els (Rsa) 2.90
46 Ryo Ishikawa (Jpn) 2.89
47 Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa) 2.89
48 Matteo Manassero (Ita) 2.88
49 Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa) 2.84
50 Ben Crane (USA) 2.82
51 Aaron Baddeley (Aus) 2.81
52 Ryan Moore (USA) 2.81
53 Peter Hanson (Swe) 2.71
54 Jonathan Byrd (USA) 2.67
55 Tiger Woods (USA) 2.55
56 Fredrik Jacobson (Swe) 2.48
57 Vijay Singh (Fij) 2.37
58 John Senden (Aus) 2.37
59 Mark Wilson (USA) 2.37
60 Edoardo Molinari (Ita) 2.37
61 Kevin Na (USA) 2.32
62 Lucas Glover (USA) 2.32
63 Robert Allenby (Aus) 2.29
64 Ryan Palmer (USA) 2.28
65 Rory Sabbatini (Rsa) 2.27
66 Tim Clark (Rsa) 2.24
67 Chez Reavie (USA) 2.22
68 Alexander Noren (Swe) 2.22
69 Charley Hoffman (USA) 2.17
70 Yuta Ikeda (Jpn) 2.15
71 Charles Howell III (USA) 2.12
72 Sean O’Hair (USA) 2.10
73 Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel) 2.08
74 Scott Verplank (USA) 2.03
75 Camilo Villegas (Col) 1.97
76 Tetsuji Hiratsuka (Jpn) 1.97
77 Jamie Donaldson (Wal) 1.97
78 Jeff Overton (USA) 1.96
79 Padraig Harrington (Irl) 1.96
80 Richard Green (Aus) 1.92
81 Spencer Levin (USA) 1.91
82 Anthony Kim (USA) 1.90
83 Ross Fisher (Eng) 1.90
84 J.B. Holmes (USA) 1.89
85 Steve Marino (USA) 1.88
86 Chris Kirk (USA) 1.88
87 Tommy Gainey (USA) 1.85
88 Brendan Jones (Aus) 1.85
89 George Coetzee (Rsa) 1.83
90 David Lynn (Eng) 1.81
91 Pablo Larrazabal (Spa) 1.78
92 Toru Taniguchi (Jpn) 1.78
93 Brian Davis (Eng) 1.78
94 Robert Garrigus (USA) 1.77
95 Seung-yul Noh (Kor) 1.76
96 Hiroyuki Fujita (Jpn) 1.75
97 Fredrik Andersson Hed (Swe) 1.74
98 Thomas Aiken (Rsa) 1.74
99 Raphael Jacquelin (Fra) 1.73
100 Carl Pettersson (Swe) 1.72

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