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McDowell jumps to sixth in the world rankings

  • The Sports Network
  • Published Monday, July 8, 2013, at 12:22 p.m.
  • Updated Monday, July 8, 2013, at 2:17 p.m.

Graeme McDowell collected his third overall victory of the season at the Alstom Open de France on Sunday and that moved him to sixth in this week's world golf rankings.

McDowell, who has claimed a pair of wins on the European Tour this year to go along with a victory at the PGA Tour's RBC Heritage, moved up three spots from ninth with the win.

The top five spots in the rankings remained the same, with Tiger Woods holding the top spot followed by Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Adam Scott and Matt Kuchar.

Brandt Snedeker held firm in seventh behind McDowell, while Phil Mickelson dropped two spots to eighth and Luke Donald fell a position to ninth.

Louis Oosthuizen, Steve Stricker and Lee Westwood maintained their positions from 10th through 12th. Ernie Els jumped ahead two spots to 13th, and that dropped Sergio Garcia and Charl Schwartzel each a place to 14th and 15th, respectively.

The rest of the top 20 remained unchanged as Keegan Bradley stayed at 16th and was followed by Bubba Watson, Jason Day, Webb Simpson and Ian Poulter.

Jonas Blixt overcame a 4-stroke deficit to Johnson Wagner on the final day of the Greenbrier Classic to claim his second career PGA Tour win and jump 42 spots in the rankings to 51st.

That movement qualified Blixt for a spot in the upcoming British Open. Martin Laird, Fredrik Jacobson, Marc Leishman, Graham DeLaet, Kyle Stanley, Chris Wood and Ken Duke also earned invitations to the Open via their world rankings.

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