Ryder Cup Players Abound in World Top-20


The final Ryder Cup points have been tabulated and the captain's selections have been made, and it should come as no surprise that players from both the American and European sides nearly fill the Top-20 spots in this week's World Golf Rankings.
The top three positions were held by stars from the U.S. team -- Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and David Duval. The trio was followed by South Africa's Ernie Els and Fiji's Vijay Singh, who stayed put at fourth and fifth.
Davis Love III, who finished sixth on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list, held the same position in the World Ranking, followed by the first European team member, Sergio Garcia. The young Spaniard, who earned one of captain Sam Torrance's wild card picks on Sunday, held the seventh spot in the world.
Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke, who finished first on the European points list, held his position at No. 8, followed by PGA Championship winner and U.S. team member David Toms.
Scotland's Colin Montgomerie crept back into the top-10, followed by U.S. Ryder Cup members Jim Furyk and Scott Hoch.
Second in European points was Padraig Harrington, who recorded his sixth second-place showing of the season after finishing runner-up to John Daly at the BMW International Open last week. The Irishman, who moved up two spots to 13th place, was followed in 14th by U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen of South Africa.
Paul Azinger, one of Curtis Strange's captain's picks for the American side, vaulted eight spots from 23rd to 15th.
Lee Westwood, sixth on the European Ryder Cup points list, dropped three spots to 16th. The Englishman was followed by No. 17 Mike Weir of Canada and No. 18 Mark Calcavecchia, who will be making his first Ryder Cup appearance since 1991.
Hal Sutton, a U.S. team leader in 1999, and Denmark's Thomas Bjorn, who made his Ryder Cup debut at Valderrama in 1997 and will play at The Belfry this year, rounded out the top-20.
Sweden's Jesper Parnevik, who was chosen along with Garcia as a captain's pick, dropped one spot from 21st to 22nd.
Scott Verplank, Strange's other wild card selection, moved up one spot from 26th to 27th in the world.
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