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McDowell slips down rankings

Graeme McDowell's 30th place at the Saab Wales Open has cost him three spots on the world rankings.

Next week's US Open defending champion falls to eighth, with Memorial winner Steve Stricker, runner-up Matt Kuchar and fifth-placed Rory McIlroy all going ahead of him.

Padraig Harrington, who returns from a knee injury in Memphis this week, has dropped outside the top 50 for the first time since 1999, while Celtic Manor winner Alex Noren has risen from 127th to 80th.

Latest leading positions: 1 Luke Donald 9.21pts, 2 Lee Westwood 8.59, 3 Martin Kaymer 7.42, 4 Steve Stricker 6.54, 5 Phil Mickelson 6.06, 6 Matt Kuchar 5.67, 7 Rory McIlroy 5.50, 8 Graeme McDowell 5.45, 9 Dustin Johnson 5.16, 10 Paul Casey 5.16.

11 Charl Schwartzel 5.10, 12 Bubba Watson 4.96, 13 Ian Poulter 4.89, 14 Nick Watney 4.78, 15 Tiger Woods 4.69, 16 KJ Choi 4.47, 17 Jim Furyk 4.29, 18 Hunter Mahan 4.22, 19 Jason Day 4.19, 20 Francesco Molinari 4.10.

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