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Open victory moves Rory to 2nd in World Rankings

Rory McIlroy’s two-shot victory at the 143rd Open Championship moved the 24-year-old to No. 2 in the latest Official World Golf Ranking.

McIlroy, who finished 17-under for the week at Royal Liverpool holding off Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia for the win, moved up six places with his triumph. The Top 10 shuffled quite a bit with the best players in the world in the field in England over the weekend.

Adam Scott remained No. 1. He finished T-5 at the Open — his third Top 5 finish at the championship in the last three seasons. Henrik Stenson slipped to No. 3 followed by Justin Rose and Garcia, who climbed four places with his runner-up effort.

Finishing alone in third place at 14-under at the Open, Jim Furyk re-entered the Top 10 displacing Jordan Spieth. Furyk also logged a Top 10 at Royal Liverpool here in 2006.

For Fowler, he moved up seven slots to No. 18. He has back-to-back runner-up finishes in the majors and three Top 5s this season in the game’s biggest championships.

McIlroy, who was a 16-to-1 pre-tournament betting selection at ladbrokes.com heading into the Open, also moved into the top spot in the European Tour’s Race to Dubai standings. He won the Race in 2012 which climaxes at the Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai Nov. 20-23.

Other Golf news:

  • Lydia Ko (15-under) fired a bogey-free 65 to win the LPGA Marathon Classic in Ohio by a shot over 2012 champion So Yeon Ryu. For Ko, it marked her fourth career LPGA Tour title and second in 2014. Cristie Kerr finished solo third, while Women’s British Open champion Mo Martin ended up T-7.
  • Garcia has now finished runner-up on two different occasions at the Open Championship. The second-place finish was also his 8th career Top 10 at the Open.
  • Tiger Woods, who opened with a 69, ended up T-69 at the Open and slipped two more places to 9th in the world rankings. Woods is expected to compete in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio in two weeks. He is 70th in the Ryder Cup standings for the U.S. team and well outside the number to make the FedEx Cup Playoffs as the tail end of the season approaches.
  • Tom Watson thrilled Open fans with a final-round 4-under-68. He edged Woods (75) and U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer (79) on the final day.