Rory climbs to ninth

RORY MCILROY has reached a higher position on the world rankings than any other 20-year-old before him.

Even though he did not play last week – and pulled out of the Nedbank Challenge a fortnight ago because of a virus – the Northern Ireland youngster moves up from 11th to ninth.

Tiger Woods holds a 6.66 points lead over Phil Mickelson three days after he announced he was taking an indefinite break from golf to tackle his personal problems.

When he started his eight-month lay-off after knee surgery last year the American’s lead was over 11 points. He was never caught then, but it could be different if his new hiatus proves another lengthy one.

Official World Rankings: 1 Tiger Woods (USA) 15.20pts, 2 Phil Mickelson (USA) 8.54, 3 Steve Stricker (USA) 6.89, 4 Lee Westwood (Eng) 6.76, 5 Pádraig Harrington (Irl) 5.75, 6 Jim Furyk (USA) 5.70, 7 Paul Casey (Eng) 5.55, 8 Henrik Stenson (Swe) 5.54, 9 Rory McIlroy (Irl) 4.97, 10 Kenny Perry (USA) 4.91, 11 Sergio Garcia (Spa) 4.88, 12 Ian Poulter (Eng) 4.75, 13 Martin Kaymer (Ger) 4.64, 14 Geoff Ogilvy (Aus) 4.63, 15 Stewart Cink (USA) 4.38, 16 Sean O’Hair (USA) 4.36, 17 Ernie Els (Rsa) 4.27, 18 Ross Fisher (Eng) 4.14, 19 Retief Goosen (Rsa) 4.06, 20 Lucas Glover (USA) 3.95, 21 Robert Allenby (Aus) 3.95, 22 Zach Johnson (USA) 3.75, 23 Camilo Villegas (Col) 3.66, 24 Anthony Kim (USA) 3.65, 25 Angel Cabrera (Arg) 3.60, 26 Vijay Singh (Fij) 3.50, 27 Robert Karlsson (Swe) 3.29, 28 Luke Donald (Eng) 3.22, 29 Hunter Mahan (USA) 3.18, 30 Ryo Ishikawa (Jpn) 3.10, 31 Y.E. Yang (Kor) 3.07, 32 Nick Watney (USA) 3.02, 33 Yuta Ikeda (Jpn) 2.91, 34 Adam Scott (Aus) 2.86, 35 Soren Kjeldsen (Den) 2.80, 36 Mike Weir (Can) 2.78, 37 Tim Clark (Rsa) 2.74, 38 Graeme McDowell (Irl) 2.66, 39 David Toms (USA) 2.64, 40 Francesco Molinari (Ita) 2.64, 41 Oliver Wilson (Eng) 2.64, 42 Justin Leonard (USA) 2.51, 43 Simon Dyson (Eng) 2.47, 44 Brian Gay (USA) 2.46, 45 Michael Sim (Aus) 2.45, 46 Anders Hansen (Den) 2.43, 47 Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa) 2.43, 48 Soren Hansen (Den) 2.41, 49 Ben Curtis (USA) 2.37, 50 Alvaro Quiros (Spa) 2.32, 51 Ryan Moore (USA) 2.31, 52 Dustin Johnson (USA) 2.29, 53 Peter Hanson (Swe) 2.27, 54 Alexander Noren (Swe) 2.26, 55 Edoardo Molinari (Ita) 2.24, 56 Stephen Ames (Can) 2.22, 57 Shingo Katayama (Jpn) 2.21, 58 Jeev Milkha Singh (Ind) 2.20, 59 Thongchai Jaidee (Tha) 2.19, 60 Scott Verplank (USA) 2.16, 61 Chad Campbell (USA) 2.15, 62 Matt Kuchar (USA) 2.14, 63 Gonzalo Fdez-Castano (Spa) 2.13, 64 Hiroyuki Fujita (Jpn) 2.10, 65 Charl Schwartzel (Rsa) 2.09, 66 Rory Sabbatini (Rsa) 2.07, 67 Jason Dufner (USA) 2.05, 68 Ross McGowan (Eng) 2.05, 69 Justin Rose (Eng) 2.03, 70 Kevin Na (USA) 2.03, 71 Heath Slocum (USA) 1.94, 72 Chris Wood (Eng) 1.87, 73 John Senden (Aus) 1.86, 74 Koumei Oda (Jpn) 1.86, 75 Kenichi Kuboya (Jpn) 1.86, 76 Brendan Jones (Aus) 1.84, 77 Mathew Goggin (Aus) 1.84, 78 Yasuharu Imano (Jpn) 1.83, 79 Davis Love III (USA) 1.81, 80 Jerry Kelly (USA) 1.77, 81 Anthony Wall (Eng) 1.72, 82 Kevin Sutherland (USA) 1.72, 83 Wen-chong Liang (Chn) 1.71, 84 James Kingston (Rsa) 1.70, 85 Stephen Marino (USA) 1.69, 86 K J Choi (Kor) 1.68, 87 John Rollins (USA) 1.66, 88 Gregory Bourdy (Fra) 1.64, 89 Pat Perez (USA) 1.61, 90 Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa) 1.59, 91 Scott Strange (Aus) 1.59, 92 Rodney Pampling (Aus) 1.57, 93 Prayad Marksaeng (Tha) 1.54, 94 Brandt Snedeker (USA) 1.54, 95 Richard Sterne (Rsa) 1.54, 96 David Smail (Nzl) 1.52, 97 Paul Goydos (USA) 1.52, 98 Bubba Watson (USA) 1.52, 99 Ben Crane (USA) 1.51, 100 Wen-Tang Lin (Tpe) 1.51.

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