Mickelson is World No. 2 after Open win
Monday, July 22, 2013
An Open Championship win clearly moved Phil Mickelson's emotions Sunday – and has lifted him near the top of the Official World Golf Ranking as well.
Mickelson rises to No. 2, four points average behind Tiger Woods, on the strength of his fifth victory in a major. Mickelson ranked No. 5 before the Open. Woods held his lead with his T-6 finish.
During 2013, Mickelson has a net gain of 193 points for the rankings, while Woods has a net gain of 164.
Missing the cut at the Open, Rory McIlroy drops a spot to No. 3 and reigning U.S. Open champion Justin Rose drops two spots to No. 5. Reigning Masters champion Adam Scott remains No. 4 after his T-3 finish at Muirfield.
Woods also tops the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, with Steve Stricker in second and Scott third; Mickelson rises to 14th.
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The top 10 players in the Official World Golf Ranking as of Monday, July 22:
- Tiger Woods . . . 12.64
- Phil Mickelson . . . 8.63
- Rory McIlroy . . . 8.61
- Adam Scott . . . 7.72
- Justin Rose . . . 7.71
- Matt Kuchar . . . 6.54
- Brandt Snedeker . . . 6.08
- Graeme McDowell . . . 6.07
- Luke Donald . . . 5.55
- Lee Westwood . . . 5.21
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly noted Mickelson's career wins in majors.