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Westwood moves up Ryder rankings

Lee Westwood's successful defence of the Nedbank Challenge in South Africa has taken him into an automatic qualifying place in Europe's Ryder Cup race.

The event did not count towards the European money list, but it did carry world ranking points and lifted him to eighth on the combined cup standings.

Rory McIlroy's victory at the Hong Kong Open, meanwhile, leaves him close behind Martin Kaymer at the top of the race for places in Jose Maria Olazabal's side.

Latest leading positions in the European Ryder Cup table after the Hong Kong Open and Nedbank Challenge (top 5 on European points list and top 5 not already qualified on the world points list qualify on August 26. Captain Jose Maria Olazabal then adds two wild cards):

(capitals indicate players in qualifying positions)

European Points List

1 MARTIN KAYMER 1,179,368, 2 RORY McILROY 1,131,144, 3 GONZALO FERNANDEZ-CASTANO 1,051,976, 4 SERGIO GARCIA 833,330, 5 MICHAEL HOEY 691,859, 6 Joost Luiten 646,370, 7 Graeme McDowell 573,999, 8 Richie Ramsay 523,511, 9 Miguel Angel Jimenez 506,790, 10 Gregory Havret 498,315.

World Points List

1 Rory McIlroy 131.08, 2 LUKE DONALD 107.16, 3 Martin Kaymer 103.85, 4 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano 90.27, 5 JUSTIN ROSE 88.13, 6 Sergio Garcia 71.93, 7 LEE WESTWOOD 64.05, 8 JOOST LUITEN 63.79, 9 SIMON DYSON 62.79, 10 Michael Hoey 57.70.

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