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Watson leaps up rankings

Tom Watson's agonising play-off defeat at The Open has still improved his world ranking an incredible 1,270 places - from 1,374th to 104th.

If he had holed his eight-foot putt on the final green and become, at 59, the oldest major winner in history by 11 years, Watson would today be ranked 45th in the world.

The title was, of course, taken by his fellow American Stewart Cink instead and he moves up from 33th to ninth as a result.

Watson did not have any ranking points prior to Turnberry under the two-year system and was listed as joint 1,374th with 4,000 other players who had played counting events, but had finished out of the points.

Latest leading positions:

1 Tiger Woods 10.82pts, 2 Phil Mickelson 8.53, 3 Paul Casey 6.60, 4 Kenny Perry 6.21, 5 Sergio Garcia 6.02, 6 Steve Stricker 5.88, 7 Henrik Stenson 5.88, 8 Geoff Ogilvy 5.74, 9 Stewart Cink 5.04, 10 Jim Furyk 5.01

11 Vijay Singh 4.84, 12 Martin Kaymer 4.80, 13 Camilo Villegas 4.69, 14 Lee Westwood 4.65, 15 Sean O'Hair 4.39, 16 Padraig Harrington 4.33, 17 Anthony Kim 4.22, 18 Robert Karlsson 4.21, 19 Ian Poulter 3.97, 20 Lucas Glover 3.94

Other leading Europeans:

23 Ross Fisher, 25 Luke Donald, 26 Rory McIlroy, 32 Soren Kjeldsen, 37 Alvaro Quiros, 39 Miguel Angel Jimenez, 41 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, 45 Soren Hansen, 46 Oliver Wilson, 47 Graeme McDowell, 50 Justin Rose, 57 Peter Hanson, 61 Anders Hansen, 64 Francesco Molinari, 71 Nick Dougherty, 80 Thomas Levet, 83 Anthony Wall, 92 Johan Edfors

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