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Rory McIlroy moves up World Golf Rankings after second place finish at BMW PGA Championship

By Gareth Hanna

Rory McIlroy is back up to sixth in the world after his second-placed finish at the BMW PGA Championship.

The Holywood golfer finished just two shots behind winner Francesco Molinari at Wentworth despite holding a three shot lead after the second round.

Nonetheless, McIlroy's 38.40 world ranking points were enough to take him up two places, ahead of Rickie Fowler and Jason Day in the world rankings.

It was also a good week for Graeme McDowell, moving back inside the top 200, from 239th to 195th, thanks to his 12th placed finish at Wentworth.

There are nine Europeans in the top 20 but the second highest Irishman is Paul Dunne, up two to 71st, while Shane Lowry has moved up three places to 82nd, one ahead of Tiger Woods.

Check out the full updated world golf rankings right here.

McIlroy's back nine charge on Sunday came to an end when an eagle putt finished just short of the hole on the final green, with Molinari still facing a testing par putt, which he went on to convert.

McIlroy had held a three shot lead at the midway point after firing in a seven under par 65 in round two.

However, he couldn't continue that form into the weekend, carding comparatively disappointing rounds of 71 and 72 over the final two days. That allowed Molinari to draw level ahead of the final round and then take the win with a 68 on Sunday.

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