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Els jumps to 15th in OWGR; Woods now 2nd

Ernie Els at the 2012 British Open
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Ernie Els’ surprising triumph in the Open Championship caused a few shakeups in the Official World Golf Ranking.

The big South African, who had dropped to No. 68 in the world earlier this year, vaulted to No. 15 in the latest rankings released Monday. He entered British Open week ranked 40th.

At the top of the rankings, Luke Donald remained No. 1 after tying for fifth at Royal Lytham, while Tiger Woods moved into the No. 2 spot after his T-3, his best finish in a major since the 2009 PGA Championship. This is the highest Woods has been ranked since December 2010, after the Chevron World Challenge.

The rest of the top 5 is Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Webb Simpson, respectively.

Despite his final-round collapse, Adam Scott still moved from No. 13 to No. 6 in the world.

After his victory at the True South Classic – last week’s opposite-field event on the PGA TourScott Stallings jumped from 179th to 121st in the rankings.