Rory ousts Lefty at number four

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Rory McIlroy’s victory in the US Open has helped Europe claim the top four spots in the world rankings for the first time in 20 years.

Rory McIlroy’s astonishing eight-shot victory at the US Open on Sunday has helped Europe claim the top four spots in the world rankings for the first time in nearly 20 years.

The 22-year-old Northern Irishman’s win at the Congressional Country Club in Maryland on Sunday has lifted him from eighth to fourth in the rankings behind Ryder Cup team mates Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer.

McIlroy replaces popular Californian Phil Mickelson, whose disappointing showing has seen him slide to sixth place with fellow American Steve Stricker now his country most highly ranked golfer at No 5

It is the first time Europeans have occupied the four leading positions since Ian Woosnam, Nick Faldo, Jose Maria Olazabal, Seve Ballesteros and Bernhard Langer made up the top five in February 1992.

Number two Westwood came close to ousting fellow Briton Donald from the top spot in the new rankings when they were updated on Monday, Donald having missed the cut and Westwood having finished with a “personally disappointing” 70 and a tie for 3rd

Westwood needed a 69 or better to have claimed the second place he required to leapfrogged Donald in the rankings.

Jason Day, joint second behind South African Charl Schwartzel at the US Masters in April, firmly established himself as Australia’s leading golfer at Congressional on Sunday with his second straight runner-up finish in a major.

Schwartzel, who tied for 9th on Sunday with compatriot Louis Oosthuizen, the reigning Open Champion, has, in the meantime, moved back into the World’s top 10 at No 10.

Oosthuizen, edged up to No 31, eight behind the RSA’s former World No 1 Ernie Els, who like Tiger Woods, is slowly sliding down hill in season of disappointments, especially with his flat stick.

Woods, the world No 1 for more years than most can remember, missed the 111th US Open through injury and is now down to 17th on the Rankings list with Els at 23rd.

The World’s latest Top 100 golfers after the US Open are:
1 Luke Donald (Eng) 9.06
2 Lee Westwood (Eng) 8.80
3 Martin Kaymer (Ger) 7.22
4 Rory McIlroy (NIrl) 7.19
5 Steve Stricker (USA) 6.50
6 Phil Mickelson (USA) 6.01
7 Matt Kuchar (USA) 5.68
8 Graeme McDowell (NIrl) 5.53
9 Jason Day (Aus) 5.47
10 Charl Schwartzel (Rsa) 5.24
11 Dustin Johnson (USA) 5.11
12 Paul Casey (Eng) 4.99
13 Bubba Watson (USA) 4.87
14 Ian Poulter (Eng) 4.72
15 Nick Watney (USA) 4.64
16 K J Choi (Kor) 4.39
17 Tiger Woods (USA) 4.38
18 Robert Karlsson (Swe) 4.16
19 Jim Furyk (USA) 4.10
20 Hunter Mahan (USA) 4.07
21 Adam Scott (Aus) 3.98
22 Francesco Molinari (Ita) 3.95
23 Ernie Els (Rsa) 3.82
24 Alvaro Quiros (Spa) 3.72
25 Martin Laird (Sco) 3.71
26 Retief Goosen (Rsa) 3.65
27 David Toms (USA) 3.54
28 Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa) 3.53
29 Matteo Manassero (Ita) 3.41
30 Justin Rose (Eng) 3.34
31 Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa) 3.30
32 Tim Clark (Rsa) 3.22
33 Y.E. Yang (Kor) 3.15
34 Zach Johnson (USA) 3.15
35 Geoff Ogilvy (Aus) 3.15
36 Kyung-Tae Kim (Kor) 3.12
37 Edoardo Molinari (Ita) 3.09
38 Anders Hansen (Den) 2.96
39 Gary Woodland (USA) 2.96
40 Peter Hanson (Swe) 2.92
41 Robert Allenby (Aus) 2.87
42 Bo Van Pelt (USA) 2.87
43 Brandt Snedeker (USA) 2.84
44 Jonathan Byrd (USA) 2.83
45 Bill Haas (USA) 2.79
46 Ryan Moore (USA) 2.71
47 Ben Crane (USA) 2.69
48 Rory Sabbatini (Rsa) 2.67
49 Ryan Palmer (USA) 2.62
50 Rickie Fowler (USA) 2.59
51 Aaron Baddeley (Aus) 2.54
52 Padraig Harrington (Irl) 2.53
53 Ryo Ishikawa (Jpn) 2.52
54 Ross Fisher (Eng) 2.48
55 J.B. Holmes (USA) 2.47
56 Mark Wilson (USA) 2.42
57 Lucas Glover (USA) 2.34
58 Charley Hoffman (USA) 2.31
59 Vijay Singh (Fij) 2.29
60 Webb Simpson (USA) 2.28
61 Stephen Marino (USA) 2.22
62 Yuta Ikeda (Jpn) 2.20
63 Anthony Kim (USA) 2.19
64 Kevin Na (USA) 2.17
65 Brendan Jones (Aus) 2.17
66 Jason Dufner (USA) 2.17
67 Sergio Garcia (Spa) 2.17
68 Camilo Villegas (Col) 2.17
69 Jeff Overton (USA) 2.15
70 Hiroyuki Fujita (Jpn) 2.07
71 Robert Garrigus (USA) 2.03
72 Simon Dyson (Eng) 2.03
73 Thomas Bjorn (Den) 2.00
74 Stewart Cink (USA) 2.00
75 Scott Verplank (USA) 1.97
76 Thomas Aiken (Rsa) 1.85
77 Gregory Bourdy (Fra) 1.85
78 Ricky Barnes (USA) 1.83
79 Raphael Jacquelin (Fra) 1.82
80 David Horsey (Eng) 1.79
81 Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel) 1.77
82 Alexander Noren (Swe) 1.76
83 John Senden (Aus) 1.76
84 Johan Edfors (Swe) 1.75
85 Heath Slocum (USA) 1.74
86 Noh Seung-yul (Kor) 1.72
87 Angel Cabrera (Arg) 1.69
88 Stephen Gallacher (Sco) 1.69
89 Stuart Appleby (Aus) 1.68
90 Sean O’Hair (USA) 1.67
91 Spencer Levin (USA) 1.66
92 Thongchai Jaidee (Tha) 1.66
93 Jhonattan Vegas (Ve) 1.66
94 Richard Green (Aus) 1.66
95 Brian Davis (Eng) 1.64
96 Toru Taniguchi (Jpn) 1.60
97 Tetsuji Hiratsuka (Jpn) 1.60
98 Darren Clarke (NIrl) 1.59
99 Keegan Bradley (USA) 1.59
100 Rhys Davies (Wal) 1.58

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