Rankings: Bubba soars, Pod slides

Bubba Watson has moves up 15 spots to 18th in the world after his one-stroke victory at Torrey Pines on Sunday.

American Bubba Watson has moves up 15 spots to 18th in the World Golf Rankings after his one-stroke victory over fellow left-hander Phil Mickelson at Torrey Pines in California on Sunday.

Monday’s new rankings list would not have come as good news to Ireland’s three-time major winner Padraig Harrington, however.

Watson’s nerveless 12-foot curving putt for birdie at 18 was enough to hold off Mickelson when the World No 5 just missed with an eagle attempt, but Mickelson’s disappointment was negated to some extent by the fact that his 2nd place prevented either World No 5 Graeme McDowel or No 6 Paul Casey from edging past him in the rankings.

There was the belief when Casey beat Peter Hanson in the Volvo Champions in Bahrain earlier on Sunday that it would hoist him into Mickelson’s No 5 spot, but in truth it didn’t even get him past McDowell.

Harrington, meanwhile, has slumped to No 32 in the world rankings, his lowest position in more than 10 years. He last ranked 32nd on September 24, 2000.

And his stumbling start this year hasn’t helped, either. The Dubliner was first controversially disqualified from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and then, at the weekend, finished a lowly 58th at the new Volvo Champions in Bahrain

Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer. neither of whom were in action last week, retained their Ranking places at No 1 and 2 his week as did Tiger Woods his No 3 spot.

But unless he starts to find some of his old winning form, Woods might find himself going into free fall in the rankings.

On Sunday the former, long-time World No 1 finished 15 shots back in a tie for 44th which was his worst Tour opener since his first full season on the PGA TOUR in 1997.

Latest Top 20 in the Rankings
1 Lee Westwood 8.75pts
2 Martin Kaymer 8.14
3 Tiger Woods 6.97
4 Phil Mickelson 6.49
5 Graeme McDowell 6.46
6 Paul Casey 6.38
7 Steve Stricker 6.03
8 Rory McIlroy 5.94
9 Jim Furyk 5.53
10 Luke Donald 5.44
11 Ernie Els 5.23
12 Ian Poulter 5.08
13 Matt Kuchar 4.86
14 Dustin Johnson 4.69
15 Retief Goosen 4.50
16 Robert Karlsson 4.43
17 Francesco Molinari 4.42
18 Bubba Watson 4.14
19 Louis Oosthuizen 4.00
20 Edoardo Molinari 3.86

Other leading Europeans:
23 Miguel Angel Jimenez
31 Justin Rose
32 Padraig Harrington
34 Peter Hanson
35 Ross Fisher
46 Alvaro Quiros
49 Martin Laird
54 Henrik Stenson
57 Matteo Manassero
65 Anders Hansen
67 Simon Dyson
73 Rhys Davies
74 Stephen Gallacher
75 Danny Willett
76 Fredrik Andersson Hed
78 Brian Davis
80 Sergio Garcia
88 Soren Kjeldsen
89 Chris Wood
90 Carl Pettersson
93 David Horsey
94 Oliver Wilson
96 Jamie Donaldson
99 Joost Luiten