McIlroy moves ahead of Woods in rankings

Rory McIlroy is up to a career-high sixth in the world – and ahead of Tiger Woods for the first time.

The pair swap places after a week when neither played. McIlroy is back in action on Thursday defending the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina, but Woods misses the event through injury.

Big-hitting left-hander Bubba Watson broke into the top 10 by beating fellow American Webb Simpson in a play-off for the Zurich Classic in New Orleans.

Latest leading positions in the world golf rankings:

1 Lee Westwood 8.22pts, 2 Martin Kaymer 7.54, 3 Luke Donald 7.27, 4 Phil Mickelson 6.55, 5 Graeme McDowell 5.64, 6 Rory McIlroy 5.54, 7 Tiger Woods 5.53, 8 Paul Casey 5.49, 9 Steve Stricker 5.33, 10 Bubba Watson 5.24, 11 Matt Kuchar 5.23, 12 Charl Schwartzel 5.07, 13 Dustin Johnson 5.07, 14 Jim Furyk 4.78, 15 Nick Watney 4.60, 16 Ernie Els 4.34, 17 Adam Scott 4.21, 18 Ian Poulter 4.12, 19 Francesco Molinari 4.07, 20 Hunter Mahan 4.05.

Other leading Europeans:

21 Martin Laird, 22 Robert Karlsson, 23 Miguel Angel Jimenez, 26 Justin Rose, 27 Alvaro Quiros, 29 Edoardo Molinari, 33 Matteo Manassero, 42 Padraig Harrington, 45 Peter Hanson, 47 Ross Fisher, 48 Anders Hansen, 67 Thomas Bjorn, 72 Sergio Garcia, 73 Stephen Gallacher, 83 Raphael Jacquelin, 84 Simon Dyson, 86 Rhys Davies, 88 David Horsey, 91 Gregory Bourdy, 99 Danny Willett, 100 Brian Davis.


More in this Section

A first real sign Arteta's methods sinking in at ArsenalA first real sign Arteta's methods sinking in at Arsenal

Daniel Storey: Solskjaer has released the United handbrakeDaniel Storey: Solskjaer has released the United handbrake

Patience is key for Mane as Liverpool eventually find spark at Aston VillaPatience is key for Mane as Liverpool eventually find spark at Aston Villa

Michael Moynihan: 30 reasons why 1990 is the nostalgia defaultMichael Moynihan: 30 reasons why 1990 is the nostalgia default


Lifestyle

Liz O’Brien talks to Niall Breslin about his admiration for frontline staff, bereavement in lockdown, his new podcast, and why it's so important for us all just to slow down.Niall Breslin talks about losing his uncle to coronavirus

Podcasts are often seen as a male domain — see the joke, 'What do you call two white men talking? A podcast'.Podcast corner: Three new podcasts from Irish women that you should listen to

Esther McCarthy previews some of the Fleadh’s Irish and international offerings.How to attend the Galway Film Fleadh from the comfort of your own couch

Whether you’re on staycation or risking a trip away, Marjorie Brennan offers suggestions on novels for a wide variety of tastesThe best fiction books for the beach and beyond this summer

More From The Irish Examiner