Harrington flies flag for Europe

Padraig Harrington has single-handedly since April kept Europe representation in the top 10, golf’s end-of-year world rankings released today reveal.

Padraig Harrington has single-handedly since April kept Europe representation in the top 10, golf’s end-of-year world rankings released today reveal.

Having started the season at seventh the Dubliner ends it at eighth while Sergio Garcia has fallen from fourth to 36th and Colin Montgomerie from 10th to 41st.

Upward movers in 2003 include Darren Clarke (23rd to 11th), Fredrik Jacobson (83rd to 17th), Thomas Bjorn (35th to 19th), Paul Casey (104th to 23rd) and, of course, British Open champion Ben Curtis. The American, 1,268th on January 1, now stands 34th.

The biggest slump of all, though, has come from David Duval. Tiger Woods’ predecessor as world number one was third in the rankings at the end of 2001 and 15th this time last year, but currently stands 242nd.

Official World Rankings:

1 Tiger Woods (USA) 14.58pts ave,

2 Vijay Singh (Fij) 9.77,

3 Ernie Els (Rsa) 8.41,

4 Davis Love-III (USA) 7.53,

5 Jim Furyk (USA) 6.81,

6 Mike Weir (Can) 6.54,

7 Retief Goosen (Rsa) 5.92,

8 Padraig Harrington (Irl) 5.28,

9 David Toms (USA) 5.09,

10 Kenny Perry (USA) 5.08,

11 Darren Clarke (Irl) 4.26,

12 Nick Price (Zim) 4.06,

13 Chad Campbell (USA) 3.84,

14 Stuart Appleby (Aus) 3.84,

15 Phil Mickelson (USA) 3.83,

16 Robert Allenby (Aus) 3.67,

17 Fredrik Jacobson (Swe) 3.60,

18 Charles Howell-III (USA) 3.39,

19 Thomas Bjorn (Den) 3.31,

20 Justin Leonard (USA) 3.28,

21 Kyoung-Ju Choi (Kor) 3.28,

22 Brad Faxon (USA) 3.24,

23 Paul Casey (Eng) 3.08,

24 Scott Verplank (USA) 3.07,

25 Adam Scott (Aus) 3.04,

26 Chris DiMarco (USA) 3.04,

27 Chris Riley (USA) 2.94,

28 Peter Lonard (Aus) 2.91,

29 Jay Haas (USA) 2.88,

30 Bob Tway (USA) 2.87,

31 Stephen Leaney (Aus) 2.86,

32 Jonathan Kaye (USA) 2.85,

33 Jerry Kelly (USA) 2.84,

34 Ben Curtis (USA) 2.74,

35 Rocco Mediate (USA) 2.72,

36 Sergio Garcia (Spa) 2.71,

37 Fred Couples (USA) 2.71,

38 Fred Funk (USA) 2.67,

39 Shigeki Maruyama (Jpn) 2.57,

40 Bob Estes (USA) 2.50,

41 Colin Montgomerie (Sco) 2.46,

42 Ian Poulter (Eng) 2.42,

43 Alex Cejka (Ger) 2.42,

44 Michael Campbell (Nzl) 2.41,

45 Eduardo Romero (Arg) 2.39,

46 Shaun Micheel (USA) 2.36,

47 Rich Beem (USA) 2.36,

48 Phillip Price (Wal) 2.31,

49 Toshimitsu Izawa (Jpn) 2.29,

50 Tim Herron (USA) 2.25,

51 Loren Roberts (USA) 2.24,

52 Justin Rose (Eng) 2.22,

53 Stewart Cink (USA) 2.19,

54 Steve Flesch (USA) 2.16,

55 Trevor Immelman (Rsa) 2.14,

56 Kirk Triplett (USA) 2.13,

57 John Huston (USA) 2.10,

58 Niclas Fasth (Swe) 2.10,

59 Shingo Katayama (Jpn) 2.09,

60 Brian Davis (Eng) 2.08,

61 Jeff Sluman (USA) 2.07,

62 Scott Hoch (USA) 2.06,

63 John Rollins (USA) 2.05,

64 Scott McCarron (USA) 2.04,

65 Lee Westwood (Eng) 2.00,

66 Angel Cabrera (Arg) 1.99,

67 Tim Clark (Rsa) 1.99,

68 Briny Baird (USA) 1.97,

69 Jonathan Byrd (USA) 1.96,

70 Len Mattiace (USA) 1.93,

71 Craig Parry (Aus) 1.86,

72 Mathias Gronberg (Swe) 1.82,

73 Nick Faldo (Eng) 1.77,

74 Paul Lawrie (Sco) 1.77,

75 Rory Sabbatini (Rsa) 1.77,

76 Geoff Ogilvy (Aus) 1.76,

77 JL Lewis (USA) 1.76,

78 Dan Forsman (USA) 1.75,

79 Steve Lowery (USA) 1.75,

80 Robert Gamez (USA) 1.72,

81 Ricardo Gonzalez (Arg) 1.68,

82 Todd Hamilton (USA) 1.68,

83 Bradley Dredge (Wal) 1.67,

84 Ignacio Garrido (Spa) 1.65,

85 Duffy Waldorf (USA) 1.62,

86 Tim Petrovic (USA) 1.61,

87 Gary Evans (Eng) 1.57,

88 Tom Lehman (USA) 1.55,

89 Bernhard Langer (Ger) 1.53,

90 Tetsuji Hiratsuka (Jpn) 1.53,

91 Mark Calcavecchia (USA) 1.53,

92 Ben Crane (USA) 1.51,

93 Jose Maria Olazabal (Spa) 1.49,

94 Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa) 1.49,

95 Lee Janzen (USA) 1.46,

96 Carlos Rodiles (Spa) 1.45,

97 Kevin Sutherland (USA) 1.45,

98 David Smail (Nzl) 1.41,

99 Phil Tataurangi (Nzl) 1.38,

100 Alastair Forsyth (Sco) 1.37

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