Slattery rockets 155 ranking places

European Tour

There is little change at the top, but England’s Lee Slattery has rocketed 150 places on the latest World Rankings list.

There is not much change at the top, but Monday’s updated World Rankings have seen England’s Lee Slattery rocket 150 places from 328th to 165th after his win in the Bankia Madrid Open.

They have also sent the weekend’s other big winner, American Bryce Molder, who clinched the Frys.com Open, soaring from 155th to 108th on a Rankings list that sees Tiger Woods slip a further rung down a still slippery ladder to 52nd – despite finishing 30th in his return from a two-month lay-off for injury at the same US PGA Tour event at CordeValle Golf Club in California.

Southport-born Slattery’s victory in Spain on Sunday was his first on the European Tour and came in his 183rd start.

It didn’t come without some late drama, however.

He had to survive a nerve-jangling finish, finding water and making a double-bogey on the last, before he finally edged out by a shot Italy’s Lorenzo Gagli at El Encin Golf Hotel on Sunday.

The 33-year-old Slattery lost his European Tour card in 2007 and again in 2009, but this maiden triumph ensured that he will have a playing card for the next two years.

The 32-year-old Molder, in the meantime, had to outlast fellow American journeyman Briny Baird in a marathon six-hole play-off in the Frys.com Open at to register his first PGA Tour success and make his big jump on the Rankings table..

Tiger Woods also competing in this Fall series event, finished in a tie for 30th after closing with three successive rounds of 68, but the result did not halt the former world number one’s slide down the rankings, although this week he has dropped only a single place to number 52 although on points alone he is level with World No 51 Peter Hanson of Sweden..

The latest World No 1, Luke Donald, has still to win a major, but sheer consistency continues to reward him and this week the gap between himself and the World No 2, Lee Westwood, has stretched to its widest ever at three clear points.

The Top 100 on the latest World Rankings list are:

1 Luke Donald (Eng) 10.63pts
2 Lee Westwood (Eng) 7.63
3 Rory McIlroy (NIrl) 7.40
4 Steve Stricker (USA) 6.46
5 Dustin Johnson (USA) 6.42
6 Martin Kaymer (Ger) 6.22
7 Jason Day (Aus) 5.87
8 Adam Scott (Aus) 5.62
9 Matt Kuchar (USA) 5.52
10 Phil Mickelson (USA) 5.49
11 Nick Watney (USA) 5.29
12 Webb Simpson (USA) 4.87
13 Charl Schwartzel (Rsa) 4.84
14 Graeme McDowell (NIrl) 4.64
15 K J Choi (Kor) 4.63
16 Bubba Watson (USA) 4.31
17 Justin Rose (Eng) 4.17
18 David Toms (USA) 4.11
19 Hunter Mahan (USA) 4.08
20 Paul Casey (Eng) 3.87
21 Bill Haas (USA) 3.84
22 Kyung-tae Kim (Kor) 3.80
23 Ian Poulter (Eng) 3.67
24 Rickie Fowler (USA) 3.64
25 Robert Karlsson (Swe) 3.56
26 Keegan Bradley (USA) 3.44
27 Brandt Snedeker (USA) 3.42
28 Simon Dyson (Eng) 3.37
29 Jim Furyk (USA) 3.36
30 Thomas Bjorn (Den) 3.35
31 Francesco Molinari (Ita) 3.28
32 Anders Hansen (Den) 3.27
33 Jason Dufner (USA) 3.24
34 Darren Clarke (NIrl) 3.21
35 Zach Johnson (USA) 3.20
36 Martin Laird (Sco) 3.19
37 Geoff Ogilvy (Aus) 3.16
38 Y.E. Yang (Kor) 3.15
39 Bo Van Pelt (USA) 3.15
40 Alvaro Quiros (Spa) 3.06
41 Retief Goosen (Rsa) 3.06
42 Gary Woodland (USA) 3.06
43 Matteo Manassero (Ita) 3.04
44 Ernie Els (Rsa) 3.03
45 Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa) 2.97
46 Ryo Ishikawa (Jpn) 2.91
47 Sergio Garcia (Spa) 2.88
48 Ryan Moore (USA) 2.80
49 Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa) 2.77
50 Aaron Baddeley (Aus) 2.77
51 Peter Hanson (Swe) 2.68
52 Tiger Woods (USA) 2.68
53 Jonathan Byrd (USA) 2.66
54 Vijay Singh (Fij) 2.48
55 Edoardo Molinari (Ita) 2.48
56 Sang-moon Bae (Kor) 2.46
57 Fredrik Jacobson (Swe) 2.45
58 Mark Wilson (USA) 2.44
59 John Senden (Aus) 2.42
60 Robert Allenby (Aus) 2.41
61 Kevin Na (USA) 2.39
62 Tim Clark (Rsa) 2.37
63 Lucas Glover (USA) 2.37
64 Rory Sabbatini (Rsa) 2.35
65 Ryan Palmer (USA) 2.34
66 Yuta Ikeda (Jpn) 2.18
67 Charley Hoffman (USA) 2.16
68 Charles Howell III (USA) 2.15
69 Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel) 2.15
70 Chez Reavie (USA) 2.14
71 Sean O’Hair (USA) 2.14
72 Alexander Noren (Swe) 2.13
73 Scott Verplank (USA) 2.09
74 Richard Green (Aus) 2.07
75 Camilo Villegas (Col) 2.06
76 Tetsuji Hiratsuka (Jpn) 2.05
77 Ben Crane (USA) 2.04
78 Padraig Harrington (Irl) 2.01
79 Chris Kirk (USA) 1.97
80 Ross Fisher (Eng) 1.96
81 J.B. Holmes (USA) 1.94
82 Spencer Levin (USA) 1.92
83 Hiroyuki Fujita (Jpn) 1.92
84 Anthony Kim (USA) 1.91
85 Steve Marino (USA) 1.91
86 Tommy Gainey (USA) 1.90
87 Jeff Overton (USA) 1.89
88 Jamie Donaldson (Wal) 1.88
89 Brian Davis (Eng) 1.85
90 Fredrik Andersson Hed (Swe) 1.85
91 Robert Garrigus (USA) 1.83
92 Brendan Jones (Aus) 1.82
93 Raphael Jacquelin (Fra) 1.80
94 Pablo Larrazabal (Spa) 1.76
95 Carl Pettersson (Swe) 1.73
96 Joost Luiten (Ned) 1.71
97 Michael Hoey (NIrl) 1.69
98 Davis Love III (USA) 1.66
99 Thomas Aiken (Rsa) 1.66
100 Seung-yul Noh (Kor) 1.66

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