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Graeme McDowell back inside world's top 100 golfers as meteoric rise continues while Rory McIlroy drops below Rose

Graeme McDowell is back up to 89th in the world.
Graeme McDowell is back up to 89th in the world.
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

Graeme McDowell is back inside the world's top 100 golfers for the first time in almost two years.

The Portrush man has enjoyed a stunning return to form this year and his joint 16th finish at the US Open was enough to see him move up 12 places to 89th in the list.

The latest jump means McDowell has gone up 168 places since March.

McDowell has not missed a cut in his last 13 events, a run that dates back to November.

In July 2017, he made only a brief entry into the world's top 100 thanks to a tied 19th place finish at the Scottish Open.

It was at that event that he failed to qualify for the Open Championship, an issue he will not have this year after securing his spot at Royal Portrush with a tied eighth place finish at the Canadian Open last week.

Meanwhile, Canadian Open winner Rory McIlroy has dropped back to fourth behind Justin Rose in the world rankings after a disappointing final round at the US Open. The Holywood man carded two double bogeys on his way to a Sunday 72 at Pebble Beach and a tied ninth finish.

McIlroy is still up four places from eighth at the turn of the year. He is now just one place above Tiger Woods, who has risen from 13th since January.

Brooks Koepka remains at world number one, ahead of Dustin Johnson while US Open winner Gary Woodland is up 13 places to 12th.

The year's final major tournament, of course, will be played at Royal Portrush as The Open Championship returns to Northern Ireland for the first time since 1951.

The Open begins on Thursday, July 18 but practice gets under way on the previous Sunday, July 14. Tickets for all four practice days can still be bought from the Open website here.

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