Graeme McDowell back into world's top 10 after RBC Heritage play-off victory

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Graeme McDowell back into world's top 10 after RBC Heritage play-off victory

Post by Devastating on Tue Apr 23, 2013 6:23 pm

Graeme McDowell has returned to the world's top 10 on the back of his play-off victory at the RBC Heritage on Sunday.

The Northern Irishman got the better of fellow US Open champion Webb Simpson at the first extra hole to emerge triumphant at the Harbour Town Golf Links.

It was only McDowell's second PGA Tour success - after his 2010 major victory at Pebble Beach - and his first title since winning on the European Tour at Valderrama in October 2010.

The 33-year-old climbs ten places from 18th to eighth in the latest round of rankings, while Luke Donald's share of third place was enough to see him climb from sixth to fifth.

France's Raphael Jacquelin was another play-off winner over the weekend, although he needed a European Tour record-equalling nine holes to see off Germany's Maximilian Kieffer and claim the Spanish Open title in Valencia.

Jacquelin's success sees him back into the world's top 100, jumping from 146th to 93rd.

Latest leading positions in world rankings: 1 Tiger Woods (12.05), 2 Rory McIlroy (10.90), 3 Adam Scott (8.01), 4 Justin Rose (6.80), 5 Luke Donald (6.64), 6 Brandt Snedeker (6.37), 7 Louis Oosthuizen (5.78), 8 Graeme McDowell (5.56), 9 Steve Stricker (5.53), 10 Matt Kuchar (5.33), 11 Phil Mickelson (5.15), 12 Lee Westwood (5.07) 13 Keegan Bradley (5.01), 14 Sergio Garcia (4.86) 15 Charl Schwartzel (4.859), 16 Bubba Watson (4.858), 17 Ian Poulter (4.85), 18 Webb Simpson (4.78), 19 Dustin Johnson (4.57) 20 Jason Dufner (4.53)

Other leading Europeans: 21 Peter Hanson (Swe) , 31 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (Spa), 33 Martin Kaymer (Ger), 34 Thorbjorn Olesen (Den), 37 Jamie Donaldson (Wal), 39 Paul Lawrie (Sco), 40 Henrik Stenson (Swe), 41 Francesco Molinari (Ita), 42 Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel), 45 Freddie Jacobson (Swe), 50 Matteo Manassero (Ita), 51 Marcel Siem (Ger), 53 Padraig Harrington (Irl), 57 David Lynn (Eng), 58 Martin Laird (Sco), 60 Alexander Noren (Swe), 62 Chris Wood (Eng), 66 Stephen Gallacher (Sco), 68 Thomas Bjorn (Den), 74 Rafael Cabrera Bello (Spa), 76 Anders Hansen (Den), 79 Shane Lowry (Irl), 82 Richie Ramsay (Sco), 84 Bernd Wiesberger (Aut), 85 Scott Jamieson (Sco), 88 Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa), 93 Raphael Jacquelin (Fra), 95 Danny Willett (Eng), 100 Kristoffer Broberg (Swe)

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