Bad news confirmed for Irish golfers in world rankings

There was bad news for Irish golfers when the official golf world rankings were released today.

There was bad news for Irish golfers when the official golf world rankings were released today.

Rory McIlroy dropped out of the top 10, despite a seventh top-10 finish in his last eight strokeplay events in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

Padraig Harrington slipped one place to seventh, while Darren Clarke is outside of the world's top 100, dropping to 101st.

Bill Haas, the 27-year-old son of former Ryder Cup player Jay, is up from 200th to 112th in the world after his maiden PGA Tour victory yesterday.

Haas birdied the last two holes of the Bob Hope Classic in California to finish one ahead of fellow Americans Matt Kuchar and Bubba Watson and South African Tim Clark.

Latest leading positions:

1 Tiger Woods 13.59pts, 2 Phil Mickelson 7.83, 3 Steve Stricker 6.83, 4 Lee Westwood 6.37, 5 Jim Furyk 5.51, 6 Martin Kaymer 5.31, 7 Padraig Harrington 5.24, 8 Henrik Stenson 5.20, 9 Paul Casey 5.16, 10 Ian Poulter 5.12

11 Rory McIlroy 5.10, 12 Geoff Ogilvy 4.96, 13 Kenny Perry 4.68, 14 Sergio Garcia 4.34, 15 Robert Allenby 4.26, 16 Sean O'Hair 4.16, 17 Stewart Cink 3.99, 18 Ross Fisher 3.96, 19 Retief Goosen 3.95, 20 Ernie Els 3.88

Other leading Europeans:

29 Luke Donald, 31 Robert Karlsson, 38 Soren Kjeldsen, 39 Francesco Molinari, 41 Anders Hansen, 42 Graeme McDowell, 43 Oliver Wilson, 44 Soren Hansen, 47 Simon Dyson, 51 Edoardo Molinari, 52 Alvaro Quiros, 54 Peter Hanson, 57 Miguel Angel Jimenez, 58 Alexander Noren, 64 Ross McGowan, 67 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, 70 Justin Rose, 72 Chris Wood, 84 Martin Laird, 88 Anthony Wall, 89 Gregory Bourdy, 90 Shane Lowry

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