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Mickelson cracks OWGR top 10; Tiger out

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Phil Mickelson's first top-10 finish on the PGA Tour this year was enough to move him back inside the top 10 of the world rankings.

Rory McIlroy edged Mickelson by one shot at the PGA Championship, but the runner-up finish allowed Mickelson to move from 13th to ninth in the latest standings, the first time he's been inside the top 10 since May.

After another high finish in a major, Rickie Fowler moved up five spots to No. 13 in the world, the highest ranking of his career. Fowler tied for third at Valhalla Golf Club after runner-up finishes at both the U.S. Open and Open Championship, and joined Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus as the only players with four top-five finishes in majors in the same calendar year.

Speaking of Woods, he dropped one spot to No. 11 following a missed cut. It's the first time he has been outside the top 10 since March 2012.


Current Official World Golf Ranking


Fowler tied for third alongside Henrik Stenson, who passed Sergio Garcia to move to No. 3 in the world. Jim Furyk rose two spots to No. 6 in the world after his T-5 finish at the PGA Championship, the highest he's been in the standings since December 2010.

Other big movers in the rankings after the season's final major included Ryan Palmer, who moved from No. 63 to No. 49 after his T-5 finish; Mikko Ilonen, whose T-7 result jumped him eight spots from No. 54 to No. 46; and Kevin Chappell, who went from No. 107 to No. 87 after tying for 13th.

McIlroy's second consecutive major win cemented his spot atop the rankings, while Adam Scott remained No. 2. The top 10 goes: McIlroy, Scott, Stenson, Garcia, Justin Rose, Furyk, Matt Kuchar, Bubba Watson, Mickelson and Jason Day.