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World rankings: Euro, Asian players trending up

  1. Tiger Woods USA 9.57
  2. Phil Mickelson USA 9.08
  3. Lee Westwood Eng 8.87
  4. Steve Stricker USA 7.37
  5. Martin Kaymer Ger 6.70
  6. Jim Furyk USA 6.69
  7. Rory McIlroy NIr 5.98
  8. Ernie Els SAf 5.64
  9. Paul Casey Eng 5.60
  10. Luke Donald Eng 5.32
  11. Ian Poulter Eng 5.03
  12. Hunter Mahan USA 4.84
  13. Graeme McDowell NIr 4.82
  14. Anthony Kim USA 4.61
  15. Zach Johnson USA 4.44
  16. Retief Goosen SAf 4.34
  17. Robert Allenby Aus 4.18
  18. Padraig Harrington Irl 4.16
  19. Louis Oosthuizen SAf 4.11
  20. Sean O’Hair USA 3.98
  21. Edoardo Molinari Ita 3.89
  22. Matt Kuchar USA 3.88
  23. Justin Rose Eng 3.88
  24. Dustin Johnson USA 3.87
  25. Camilo Villegas Col 3.74
  26. Bubba Watson USA 3.74
  27. Tim Clark SAf 3.72
  28. Ross Fisher Eng 3.70
  29. Robert Karlsson Swe 3.55
  30. Henrik Stenson Swe 3.53
  31. Nick Watney USA 3.53
  32. Charl Schwartzel SAf 3.48
  33. Lucas Glover USA 3.47
  34. Rickie Fowler USA 3.37
  35. Y.E. Yang Kor 3.35
  36. Geoff Ogilvy Aus 3.27
  37. Stewart Cink USA 3.22
  38. Francesco Molinari Ita 3.19
  39. Miguel Angel Jimenez Esp 3.16
  40. Bo Van Pelt USA 2.97
  41. Kenny Perry USA 2.96
  42. Angel Cabrera Arg 2.94
  43. Alvaro Quiros Esp 2.86
  44. Ryan Moore USA 2.86
  45. Adam Scott Aus 2.83
  46. Jeff Overton USA 2.80
  47. Ben Crane USA 2.77
  48. K.J. Choi Kor 2.69
  49. Peter Hanson Swe 2.66
  50. Scott Verplank USA 2.53
  51. Sergio Garcia Esp 2.47
  52. Rhys Davies Wal 2.46
  53. J.B. Holmes USA 2.44
  54. Ryo Ishikawa Jpn 2.36
  55. Jason Day Aus 2.27
  56. Kevin Na USA 2.21
  57. Yuta Ikeda Jpn 2.17
  58. Heath Slocum USA 2.14
  59. Thongchai Jaidee Tha 2.11
  60. Liang Wen-Chong Chn 2.10
  61. Ricky Barnes USA 2.08
  62. Ryan Palmer USA 2.07
  63. Oliver Wilson Eng 2.06
  64. Bryce Molder USA 2.04
  65. Kim Kyung-Tae Kor 2.01
  66. Jason Dufner USA 2.00
  67. Brian Gay USA 1.99
  68. Michael Sim Aus 1.99
  69. Hiroyuki Fujita Jpn 1.94
  70. Simon Dyson Eng 1.91
  71. David Toms USA 1.90
  72. Stephen Marino USA 1.87
  73. Tetsuji Hiratsuka Jpn 1.86
  74. Fredrik Andersson Hed Swe 1.85
  75. Soren Kjeldsen Den 1.85

-Through Aug. 15

Martin Kaymer’s playoff victory Sunday at the U.S. PGA Championship over U.S. Ryder Cup rookie Bubba Watson was the 16th win by a non-American player on the U.S. PGA Tour this year.

It also means European Tour players – Kaymer, Graeme McDowell and Louis Oosthuizen – captured three of this season’s four major championships.

Kaymer is not new to being in the thick of things; he has placed in the top 10 in four of the last five majors.

The win helped Kaymer of Germany jump eight spots to No. 5 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Watson leaped 25 places to No. 26.

Even though Tiger Woods finished the season without a major for the second straight year, he retains his No. 1 spot. After Woods’ 18-over-par performance two weeks ago at WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, No. 2 Phil Mickelson had a chance to eclipse him but finished T-46. Mickelson and Woods fared better at the PGA, placing T-12 and T-28, respectively.

Jim Furyk and Ernie Els fell to No. 6 and No. 8, respectively, while Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, who finished T-3 Sunday, moved up to seventh.

On the merit of their stirring performances last week, China’s Wen-chong Liang edged closer to a place in the top 50, while Korean Seung-yul Noh broke into the top 100 for the first time. Liang, who shot a course-record 64 at Whistling Straits, soared 18 spots to No. 60, while Noh moved to No. 99. Kyung-tae Kim, another young Korean who made the cut at the PGA Championship, climbed to No. 65.

There are now 12 Asians in the top 100, and two in the top 50: Y.E. Yang (No. 35) and K.J. Choi (No. 48).

Among this week’s other winners were Hunter Haas (No. 300) at the Price Cutter Charity Championship on the Nationwide Tour, Mark Tullo (not ranked) at the Rolex Trophy on the Challenge Tour, and Aaron Goldberg (No. 862) at the Jane Rogers Championship on the Canadian Tour.

European Tour and Official World Golf Ranking contributed to this report.

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