Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

McDowell up to eighth

Graeme McDowell, centre, is up to eighth in the world rankings after winning the RBC Heritage (AP)

Graeme McDowell's victory in the RBC Heritage has lifted the Northern Irishman back into the top 10 of golf's world rankings.

McDowell, who defeated US Open champion Webb Simpson in a play-off at Hilton Head, moves from 18th to eighth in the latest standings, while Luke Donald's share of third place was enough to see him climb from sixth to fifth.

France's Raphael Jacquelin, who won a record-equalling nine-hole play-off in the Spanish Open, climbs from 146th to 94th.

Latest leading positions in world rankings: 1 Tiger Woods (12.05), 2 Rory McIlroy (10.90), 3 Adam Scott (8.01), 4 Justin Rose (6.80), 5 Luke Donald (6.64), 6 Brandt Snedeker (6.37), 7 Louis Oosthuizen (5.78), 8 Graeme McDowell (5.56), 9 Steve Stricker (5.53), 10 Matt Kuchar (5.33), 11 Phil Mickelson (5.15), 12 Lee Westwood (5.07) 13 Keegan Bradley (5.01), 14 Sergio Garcia (4.86) 15 Charl Schwartzel (4.859), 16 Bubba Watson (4.858), 17 Ian Poulter (4.85), 18 Webb Simpson (4.78), 19 Dustin Johnson (4.57) 20 Jason Dufner (4.53).

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