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Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell move up world golf rankings after thrilling finish in Canadian Open

Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell are both moving up in the world after their eye-catching performances in Canada.
Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell are both moving up in the world after their eye-catching performances in Canada.
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell have both moved their way further up the World Golf Rankings after their stunning finishes at the Canadian Open.

McIlroy landed his second victory of the season care of a breath-taking final round 61 in Ontario while McDowell was battling to successfully snatch an Open Championship place.

As a result of his seven shot win, Rory has leapfrogged European Ryder Cup team-mate Justin Rose into third place in the rankings list, closing in on top two Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson.

The American duo will certainly be peering over their shoulders as McIlroy left fans in no doubt that, when on top of his form, he's the cream of the crop with his stunning showing of nine birdies and an eagle on route to his Sunday 61.

If he can continue the form that has seen the Holywood golfer secure 10 top 10 finishes in 12 events this year, he will soon regain the world number one spot for the first time since 2015.

Back in a tie for eighth place, 12 shots behind the runaway winner, was Portrush man McDowell, who holed a monster 30 foot putt on the 18th green to make certain sure of his place at this summer's Open Championship.

The eyes of the golfing world were on the 39-year-old, willing him on to land his place at Royal Portrush.

There's little doubt the 2019 Open will be all the richer for the hometown man's presence, and by the time he gets there he may well be back inside the world's top 100 golfers for the first time since July 2017.

His strong showing in Canada was enough for a 20 place rise, up to 101st.

A word, of course, for Irishman Shane Lowry, who moved up 10 places to 32nd in the world via his tied second place.

Next up, of course, for all three is this week's US Open at Pebble Beach, the site of McDowell's only major victory to date back in 2010.

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