Luke Donald’s fourth place finish at Sawgrass means he is now the number two golfer in the world rankings – and now England have officially the two best golfers in the world.
Lee Westwood managed to wrestle the number one spot from Martin Kaymer having occupied the top spot earlier this year, and now Donald, who missed could have taken the spot from Westwood with a win at the Players Championship in Florida, will have to make do with being the second best golfer in the world.
Donald has been in outstanding form of late, recording seven top-10 finishes in a row, and 12 in his last 13 tournaments stretching back to last September. However after Westwood won his last two tournaments in Asia and decided to skip the event, Donald was left to rue what might have been had he come out on top.
KJ Choi’s win in the same tournament at Sawgrass move him significantly up the pecking order from 34th to 15th, while Kaymer suffered the consequences of his 19th placed finish at the unofficial “5th major” as he moved behind Donald into 3rd.
Tiger Woods pulled out of the event after just nine holes complaining of a reoccurrence of knee and Achilles tendon injuries that, along with his prolonged absence from the game because of his much publicised personal trouble, has seen the 35-year-old slip down the rankings to 8th in the world.Meanwhile at the Ibedrola Open in Mallorca, Darren Clarke marked his comeback to the sport with an impressive win that helped him move 36 places up the rankings and back into the top 100 at 88.
Britain now has four of the world’s top ten golfers, while Irishman Graeme McDowell is 5th in the rankings.
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