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World Rankings: Rose up to No 2


Francisco Molinari's first major triumph at last week's 147th Open Championship has earned him a big promotion on the latest World Ranking list.

Released on Tuesday after the results of the rain-delayed Barbasol Championship were known, the latest list sees the 35-year-old Italian soar from 15th place into a new career-high at No 6.

And this at the expense of Jordan Spieth who, before the wheels came off coming down the closing stretch at Carnoustie on Sunday, looked as if he might well pull off a rare successful defense of the Championship.

As it turned out the 25-year-old Texan finished in a tie for 9th and now finds himself down in 8th place.

Spieth's fellow US young gun, Justin Thomas, has also slipped back on the ranking list, in his case after missing the cut at Carnoustie.

He is ousted at No 2 by Justin Rose whose brilliant fight back on Sunday saw the seasoned Englishman storm into a share of second place after needing to make a heart-stopping monster putt on Friday to save himself from also missing the cut.

His move into second place behind Dustin Johnson takes Rose up to the highest rung he has ever occupied on the rankings list.

Johnson, now in his 70th week as the World No 1, also missed the cut at the Open as his current lean streak continued, but he had enough points in hand to enable him to hold on to his World crown.

Kevin Kisner, who led or shared the lead on the first three days of The Open only to slip back into that four-way tie for second with Rose, Rory McIlroy, and Xander Schauffele, also made a significant move in the rankings, jumping from No 33 to No 25.

Schauffele hoisted himself up from 24th to 18th and McIlroy, the World No 1 not too long ago, moved up one spot to No 7 behind Molinari.

(Tuesday, July 24, 2018)

1 1 Dustin Johnson 9.4520
2 3 Justin Rose 8.8668
3 2 Justin Thomas 8.3116
4 4 Brooks Koepka 7.8264
5 5 Jon Rahm 7.3736
6 15 Francesco Molinari 7.3400
7 8 Rory McIlroy 7.2898
8 6 Jordan Spieth 7.2754
9 7 Rickie Fowler 6.7260
10 9 Jason Day 6.3495
11 10 Tommy Fleetwood 5.9935
12 11 Alex Noren 5.5341
13 12 Patrick Reed 5.4826
14 13 Bubba Watson 5.3997
15 14 Paul Casey 5.3473
16 16 Hideki Matsuyama 4.9176
17 17 Henrik Stenson 4.7609
18 24 Xander Schauffele 4.5415
19 18 Marc Leishman 4.5396
20 19 Sergio Garcia 4.3412
21 21 Webb Simpson 4.3014
22 20 Phil Mickelson 4.2686
23 22 Bryson DeChambeau 4.1365
24 23 Tyrrell Hatton 3.9420
25 33 Kevin Kisner 3.8340
26 27 Matt Kuchar 3.7033
27 28 Patrick Cantlay 3.6829
28 31 Tony Finau 3.5710
29 25 Rafael Cabrera Bello 3.5563
30 26 Brian Harman 3.4606.

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