McIlroy up to 13th in world rankings

Europe’s leading money winner Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter are both at career-high places in the world rankings as they enter the season-ending Dubai World Championship.

Europe’s leading money winner Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter are both at career-high places in the world rankings as they enter the season-ending Dubai World Championship.

McIlroy, whose runner-up finish in the Hong Kong Open took him ahead of Lee Westwood on the Order of Merit and Ryder Cup points table, now stands 13th, while Poulter is one place ahead of him.

Westwood’s poor performance in Hong Kong means he drops to fifth and Paul Casey, out of this week’s event because of a rib injury, is back up to fourth.

Tiger Woods has stretched his lead over Phil Mickelson to more than seven points by capturing the JBWere Masters in Australia.

Latest leading positions on the world rankings:

1 Tiger Woods 16.16pts, 2 Phil Mickelson 9.08, 3 Steve Stricker 7.29, 4 Paul Casey 5.92, 5 Lee Westwood 5.92, 6 Padraig Harrington 5.73, 7 Henrik Stenson 5.64, 8 Kenny Perry 5.26, 9 Sergio Garcia 5.20, 10 Jim Furyk 5.15

11 Martin Kaymer 5.03, 12 Ian Poulter 4.83, 13 Rory McIlroy 4.78, 14 Geoff Ogilvy 4.66, 15 Sean O’Hair 4.53, 16 Stewart Cink 4.53, 17 Ernie Els 4.40, 18 Lucas Glover 4.14, 19 Ross Fisher 4.12, 20 Retief Goosen 4.10

Other leading Europeans:

27 Luke Donald, 28 Robert Karlsson, 33 Soren Kjeldsen, 37 Francesco Molinari, 40 Oliver Wilson, 42 Soren Hansen, 44 Miguel Angel Jimenez, 45 Simon Dyson, 46 Alvaro Quiros, 47 Anders Hansen, 50 Graeme McDowell, 54 Peter Hanson, 56 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, 65 Justin Rose, 67 Alexander Noren, 71 Chris Wood, 79 Anthony Wall, 86 Gregory Bourdy, 87 Edoardo Molinari, 99 Nick Dougherty

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