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Moore moves to career-best 31st in world rankings

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Annika Sorenstam of Europe kisses the trophy after winning the 2003 Solheim Cup 17.5-10.5 at Barseback Golf and Country Club on September 14, 2003 in Barseback, Sweden. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)  - 

Another big fall paycheck has Ryan Moore ascending to next heights in the world rankings.

The 30-year-old Moore, who defeated Gary Woodland to win the CIMB Classic in a playoff on Monday, jumped from 45th to a career-best 31st in the latest rankings, released Monday. His best previous ranking was 37th, back in summer 2011.

The CIMB was Moore’s third title, and his second in the past 12 months. He also won the 2012 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, an event at which he finished T-9 this year.

Other big OWGR movers include Gary Woodland, the runner-up in Malaysia. His close call moved him from No. 81 to No. 53. Last July, he had slipped all the way to 268th in the world.

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, who captured the first leg of the European Tour’s Final Series despite a double-bogey finish, rose from 60th to 32nd as he looks to put himself in prime position for a spot on the 2014 European Ryder Cup team. Entering this week, he had just one top 10 in his last nine worldwide starts.

Francesco Molinari, who shared second at the BMW Masters, jumped from 49th to 37th after his third consecutive top-20 finish.

Expect more volatility in the world rankings this week in Shanghai, where 15 of the top 25 in the world are teeing it up at the WGC-HSBC Champions.

The top 10: world No. 1 Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, Phil Mickelson, Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Steve Stricker, Matt Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker and Jason Dufner