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Howell returns to top 100 in OWGR; Uihlein 69th

Peter Uihlein
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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 08: Tiger Woods of the USA with Greg Norman of the USA during practice as a preview for the 2011 Australian Open at The Lakes Golf Club on November 8, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)  - 

After another good week in Europe, American Peter Uihlein continues to inch closer to the top 50 in the world rankings.

The 24-year-old, who held the 54-hole lead at the Dunhill Links Championship before losing to David Howell in a playoff, jumped from No. 100 to No. 69 in the latest rankings, released Monday. He ended 2012 at No. 384 in the world, but this season he won in Portugal and has two runners-up in his last three starts. He is also No. 10 in the season-long Race to Dubai.

As for Howell, his first win in seven years moved the Englishman from 176th to 94th in the world. He was ranked as high as ninth in June 2006, but recently found himself outside the top 500 after a few injury-plagued seasons.  

With the PGA Tour on a bye week, there was very little movement at the top of the rankings. Only four players in the top 20 changed positions, led by Zach Johnson, who flip-flopped with Graeme McDowell at Nos. 11 and 12, respectively.

The top 10 in the world: Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, Phil Mickelson, Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Steve Stricker, Matt Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker and Jason Dufner.