Gallacher Stolz Soar in Rankings


Stephen Gallacher defeated Graeme McDowell in a playoff at the dunhill links championship for his first European Tour victory. The win also moved him up 89 spots to 68th in this week's Official World Golf Ranking.
Vijay Singh held on to first for the sixth consecutive week, followed by Ernie Els, who took over No. 2 after his win two weeks ago at the World Golf Championships - American Express Championship. Tiger Woods, who got married last week, stayed in third, while Phil Mickelson, who withdrew from the Michelin Championship due to a bout of food poisoning, kept his fourth spot. Retief Goosen, the reigning U.S. Open champion, remained in fifth.
Davis Love III, Mike Weir, Padraig Harrington and Stewart Cink remained in spots 6-9. Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia switched places from last week with the Australian taking 10th and the Spaniard coming in 11th.
Jim Furyk was 12th once again, while Chris DiMarco and Darren Clarke traded spots from the week before. Chad Campbell moved up one to No. 15. Todd Hamilton climbed two to 16th, while Stuart Appleby dropped two to 17.
Kenny Perry fell one to No. 18, while Miguel Angel Jimenez and Stephen Ames rounded out the top-20.
Andre Stolz won the Michelin Championship at Las Vegas this week and the victory helped him soar up 205 rungs to No. 136.