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Dustin Johnson, the newly-crowned champ at The Barclays, is up to a career-high fourth in the world.

Dustin Johnson, the newly-crowned champ at The Barclays, is up to a career-high fourth in the world.

The American triumphed in the FedEx Cup opener in New Jersey on Saturday after the event was cut down to 54 holes in anticipation of Hurricane Irene approaching, taking the lead in the FedEx Cup standings in the process.

Johnson shot a closing 65 to edge out compatriot Matt Kuchar by two shots as the duo battled it out on the final day.

He is now the leading 20-something American golfer on Tour, with his fifth win lifting him to a tally that outstrips any of his peers.

“I felt like I played some really good golf this year,” Johnson said. “Just have not been able to quite get it done. And it wasn’t that my golf game was bad. Just the putts I needed to make, I just had not been able to make them and this week I felt like I didn’t do anything crazy with the putter. I just made the ones I was supposed to.”

The win also lifts him above both Martin Kaymer and US Open champ Rory McIlroy in the world rankings, with the two moving down to fifth and sixth respectively.

English duo Justin Rose and Brian Davis finished joint sixth on Saturday, and that was good enough to lift Rose above Tiger Woods, who did not qualify for the FedEx Cup.

A good finish for Gary Woodland means he should rise above Tiger as well when the rankings are released tomorrow, with the 14-time major champ expected to be down in 38th place.

The four-event FedEx Cup series continues with the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston, though the tournament does not start until Friday.

Here are the top 100 on the latest World Rankings list as announced on Monday night:

TOP 100

1 Luke Donald (Eng) 10.13
2 Lee Westwood (Eng)
3 Steve Stricker (USA) 6.90
4 Dustin Johnson (USA) 6.79
5 Martin Kaymer (Ger) 6.74
6 Rory McIlroy (NIrl) 6.71
7 Matt Kuchar (USA) 5.87
8 Adam Scott (Aus) 5.79
9 Phil Mickelson (USA) 5.79
10 Jason Day (Aus) 5.65
11 Nick Watney (USA) 5.44
12 Charl Schwartzel (Rsa) 5.13
13 Graeme McDowell (NIrl) 4.80
14 K J Choi (Kor) 4.73
15 Bubba Watson (USA) 4.61
16 David Toms (USA) 4.12
17 Ian Poulter (Eng) 4.11
18 Paul Casey (Eng) 4.01
19 Robert Karlsson (Swe) 3.88
20 Kyung-tae Kim (Kor) 3.84
21 Hunter Mahan (USA) 3.62
22 Francesco Molinari (Ita) 3.49
23 Retief Goosen (Rsa) 3.45
24 Anders Hansen (Den) 3.44
25 Jim Furyk (USA) 3.42
26 Martin Laird (Sco) 3.41
27 Webb Simpson (USA) 3.41
28 Rickie Fowler (USA) 3.37
29 Keegan Bradley (USA) 3.32
30 Matteo Manassero (Ita) 3.31
31 Alvaro Quiros (Spa) 3.31
32 Ernie Els (Rsa) 3.29
33 Zach Johnson (USA) 3.29
34 Justin Rose (Eng) 3.29
35 Darren Clarke (NIrl) 3.22
36 Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa) 3.17
37 Gary Woodland (USA) 3.13
38 Tiger Woods (USA) 3.12
39 Brandt Snedeker (USA) 3.11
40 Y.E. Yang (Kor) 3.08
41 Bo Van Pelt (USA) 3.03
42 Jason Dufner (USA) 3.02
43 Ryo Ishikawa (Jpn) 3.02
44 Bill Haas (USA) 3.01
45 Sergio Garcia (Spa) 2.84
46 Ryan Moore (USA) 2.83
47 Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa) 2.83
48 Jonathan Byrd (USA) 2.81
49 Peter Hanson (Swe) 2.77
50 Tim Clark (Rsa) 2.76
51 Geoff Ogilvy (Aus) 2.76
52 Edoardo Molinari (Ita) 2.73
53 Vijay Singh (Fij) 2.69
54 Aaron Baddeley (Aus) 2.69
55 Robert Allenby (Aus) 2.65
56 Simon Dyson (Eng) 2.62
57 Rory Sabbatini (Rsa) 2.58
58 Ryan Palmer (USA) 2.57
59 Thomas Bjorn (Den) 2.56
60 Mark Wilson (USA) 2.50
61 Fredrik Jacobson (Swe) 2.45
62 Lucas Glover (USA) 2.39
63 Charley Hoffman (USA) 2.30
64 Scott Verplank (USA) 2.28
65 Yuta Ikeda (Jpn) 2.27
66 Ben Crane (USA) 2.27
67 Sean O’Hair (USA) 2.19
68 Anthony Kim (USA) 2.16
69 Richard Green (Aus) 2.15
70 Ross Fisher (Eng) 2.15
71 Padraig Harrington (Irl) 2.13
72 Kevin Na (USA) 2.11
73 J.B. Holmes (USA) 2.10
74 Alexander Noren (Swe) 2.10
75 Jeff Overton (USA) 2.07
76 Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel) 2.07
77 Charles Howell III (USA) 2.06
78 Camilo Villegas (Col) 2.03
79 Sang-moon Bae (Kor) 2.02
80 Chris Kirk (USA) 1.99
81 Robert Garrigus (USA) 1.99
82 Steve Marino (USA) 1.98
83 Raphael Jacquelin (Fra) 1.97
84 Brendan Jones (Aus) 1.94
85 Brian Davis (Eng) 1.94
86 Hiroyuki Fujita (Jpn) 1.91
87 Tommy Gainey (USA) 1.90
88 Pablo Larrazabal (Spa) 1.87
89 Spencer Levin (USA) 1.84
90 Fredrik Andersson Hed (Swe) 1.77
91 D.A. Points (USA) 1.76
92 Davis Love III (USA) 1.73
93 Tetsuji Hiratsuka (Jpn) 1.72
94 John Senden (Aus) 1.71
95 Stewart Cink (USA) 1.71
96 Stephen Gallacher (Sco) 1.69
97 Carl Pettersson (Swe) 1.68
98 Brendon De Jonge (USA) 1.68
99 Angel Cabrera (Arg) 1.67
100 George Coetzee (Rsa) 1.66

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