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Graeme McDowell makes another big move up the world rankings as improved form continues

Portrush golfer Graeme McDowell has risen another 29 places up the World Golf Rankings.

McDowell finished in a tie for fifth at the Italian Open, his best tour finish since the 2016 British Masters. It proved enough to take the 38 year-old up to 166th in the rankings and means he has risen 73 places over the last two weeks, adding his Italian Open finish to his 12th place at the BMW PGA Championship.

McDowell carded a seven under par final round 64 at Gardagolf CC to finish five shots behind Italian Open winner Thorbjorn Olesen and earn €214,882.

Rory McIlroy, meanwhile, didn't move from his sixth spot in the rankings after finishing in a tie for eighth at the Memorial tournament, four shots behind winner Bryson DeChambeau.

Tiger Woods moved up three places to 80th after his T23rd place finish at the Memorial.

The players are now gearing up for the season's second major; the US Open at Shinnecock Hills from June 14-17.

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