Mickelson back in the world elite

Lefty heading back in right direction despite playoff agony at Riviera

By Golfmagic Tour on Mon, 20 Feb 2012 - 09:02

Phil Mickelson has moved back inside the world’s top ten for the first time in four months despite missing out on a consecutive victory on the PGA Tour.

The four-time major champion, who lost out to Bill Haas’ monster birdie putt on the second extra hole of the three-man playoff at the Northern Trust Open, bumps up two places to ninth.

Following another remarkable playoff victory, Haas climbs ten rungs up the world ladder to a career-high 12th, while Bradley, the third man in the playoff, jumps into the top 20 for the first time at 19th and one place ahead of Tiger Woods.

Luke Donald spends his 38th week in charge of affairs at the top of the world, albeit off the back of his worst performance since the 2011 Open Championship.

On the European Tour, Avantha Masters champion Jbe Kruger vaulted 50 places up the rankings to 109th, while Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood again swap places - despite neither picking up a club.

Latest standings

1 Luke Donald 9.26pts
2 Rory McIlroy 7.80
3 Lee Westwood 7.80
4 Martin Kaymer 5.96
5 Steve Stricker 5.68
6 Webb Simpson 5.17
7 Jason Day 5.11
8 Adam Scott 5.10
9 Phil Mickelson 5.05
10 Dustin Johnson 5.03
11 Charl Schwartzel 4.86
12 Bill Haas 4.68
13 Graeme McDowell 4.42
14 Matt Kuchar 4.37
15 Nick Watney 4.26
16 Sergio Garcia 4.16
17 KJ Choi 4.14
18 Brandt Snedeker 4.00
19 Keegan Bradley 3.96
20 Tiger Woods 3.77

Other leading Europeans: 23 Justin Rose, 24 Paul Casey, 25 Ian Poulter, 26 Thomas Bjorn, 28 Simon Dyson, 29 Alvaro Quiros, 32 Robert Karlsson, 35 Peter Hanson, 36 Anders Hansen, 37 Fredrik Jacobson, 40 Martin Laird, 43 Francesco Molinari, 45 Paul Lawrie, 48 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, 52 Miguel Angel Jimenez, 53 Darren Clarke, 59 Robert Rock, 60 Rafael Cabrera Bello, 61 Matteo Manassero, 64 Nicolas Colsaerts, 67 Joost Luiten, 75 Alexander Noren, 83 Edoardo Molinari, 85 Pablo Larrazabal, 87 Padraig Harrington, 88 Carl Pettersson, 90 Gregory Havret, 91 David Lynn, 94 Jamie Donaldson, 95 Michael Hoey, 100 Stephen Gallacher.

All-time World No.1 records

Tiger Woods (US) 623 weeks
Greg Norman (Aus) 331 weeks
Nick Faldo (Eng) 97 weeks
Seve Ballesteros (Spa) 61 weeks
Ian Woosnam (Wal) 50 weeks
Nick Price (Zim) 44 weeks
Luke Donald (Eng) 38 weeks
Vijay Singh (Fij) 32 weeks
Lee Westwood (Eng) 22 weeks
Fred Couples (US) 16 weeks
David Duval (US) 15 weeks
Ernie Els (RSA) 9 weeks
Martin Kaymer (Ger) 8 weeks
Bernhard Langer (Ger) 3 weeks
Tom Lehman (US) 1 week

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