Lefty ascended from No. 5 to No. 2 in the OWGR after his comeback victory Sunday at the British Open. Though he is still more than four points behind Woods, this is the highest Mickelson has been ranked since September 2010.
As a result, Rory McIlroy slid down a spot, to No. 3, after his missed cut at Muirfield. That’s where he was ranked a year ago after the Open, but he proceeded to go on a late-season tear that vaulted him back to world No. 1.
Mickelson, 43, was 22nd in the world at the start of 2013, but he’s improved 20 spots after a two-win season that has also included four other top-3 finishes.
Lee Westwood, who held a two-shot lead at the Open after 54 holes, improved from No. 12 to No. 10 in the world after his T-3 finish at Muirfield. Justin Rose dropped from third to fifth after his missed cut in the year’s third major.