Casey moves up rankings despite Ryder Cup omission

Paul Casey may feel down in the dumps, but he has moved up in the world.

Paul Casey may feel down in the dumps, but he has moved up in the world.

Left out of Europe's Ryder Cup team, Casey's 12th place in the first of the FedEx Cup play-offs has taken him from ninth to eighth on the rankings.

On the other hand, both Luke Donald and Padraig Harrington have gone down a spot after being handed wild cards by European captain Colin Montgomerie - Donald to 11th and Harrington to 19th.

Italian Edoardo Molinari's victory in the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, which earned him the other captain's pick, has lifted him into the top 20 for the first time at 15th.

That is why Harrington has dropped, while Donald has been overtaken by American Matt Kuchar, into the top 10 for the first time after beating Scot Martin Laird in a play-off at The Barclays in New Jersey.

Laird three-putted the last when one ahead and could not match Kuchar's birdie on the first extra hole, but he has still made it to a best-ever 61st in the world.

Latest leading position in the world rankings:

1 Tiger Woods 9.41pts, 2 Phil Mickelson 8.99, 3 Lee Westwood 8.82, 4 Steve Stricker 7.90, 5 Martin Kaymer 6.80, 6 Jim Furyk 6.77, 7 Rory McIlroy 5.93, 8 Paul Casey 5.69, 9 Ernie Els 5.56, 10 Matt Kuchar 5.26

11 Luke Donald 5.20, 12 Ian Poulter 5.08, 13 Hunter Mahan 4.87, 14 Graeme McDowell 4.83, 15 Edoardo Molinari 4.45, 16 Anthony Kim 4.44, 17 Zach Johnson 4.39, 18 Retief Goosen 4.35, 19 Padraig Harrington 4.14, 20 Robert Allenby 4.14

Other leading Europeans:

23 Justin Rose, 26 Ross Fisher, 31 Henrik Stenson, 34 Robert Karlsson, 35 Francesco Molinari, 38 Miguel Angel Jimenez, 40 Peter Hanson, 48 Alvaro Quiros, 52 Rhys Davies, 53 Sergio Garcia, 61 Martin Laird, 65 Simon Dyson, 66 Oliver Wilson, 72 Fredrik Andersson Hed, 75 Stephen Gallacher, 77 Soren Kjeldsen, 80 Brian Davis, 82 Soren Hansen, 86 Anders Hansen, 88 David Horsey, 89 Chris Wood, 91 Shane Lowry, 93 Danny Willett, 94 Fredrik Jacobson, 98 Simon Khan, 99 Darren Clarke, 100 Gregory Bourdy

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