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McIlroy is on the march up the rankings



Improvement: Rory McIlroy

Improvement: Rory McIlroy

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Improvement: Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy has risen to sixth in the latest world golf rankings after his second-place finish in the BMW PGA Championship at the weekend.

McIlroy was runner-up to Italy's Francesco Molinari at Wentworth, moving him up two places in the rankings above Rickie Fowler and Jason Day.

There was also good news for another Ulsterman, Graeme McDowell, who has moved back inside the world's top-200 to 195th after he finished in a tie for 12th at the tournament.

McIlroy has also moved up to second in the European Tour's Order of Merit, the Race to Dubai, thanks to his bumper £580,000 payday in Surrey.

The former world No.1 trails Masters champion Patrick Reed in the standings but has closed the gap on him with his excellent finish at the Rolex Series event.

But McIlroy came away from Wentworth frustrated that he couldn't capitalise on a 36-hole lead.

"A win is very close," he said. "I gave myself a great chance this week. I didn't quite pull it off but it's not far away."

England's Justin Rose is now Europe's highest ranked player after he jumped above Jon Rahm to world No.3 following his win at the Fort Worth Invitational in Texas.

Belfast Telegraph