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Westwood moves inside world rankings Top 30

With Lee Westwood’s 42nd career worldwide victory last weekend, the Englishman climbed inside the Top 30 to No. 26 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Westwood (8-under) captured the Asian Tour’s Thailand Golf Championship — a tournament with four of the world’s Top 10 players competing. The former World No. 1 edged Martin Kaymer and Marcus Fraser by a shot.

Kaymer, who won the U.S. Open and Players Championship in 2014, swapped places with Phil Mickelson into 12th in the rankings.

The Top 5 remained the same: Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott, Bubba Watson and Justin Rose. Sergio Garcia, who finished T-9 in Thailand, flipped with Jim Furyk into the No. 6 slot.

Branden Grace’s triumph at the Alfred Dunhill Championship was his 5th career European Tour title. Grace (20-under) won by seven shots and jumped from 117th to 82nd in the world ranking. Louis Oosthuizen was runner-up to Grace. The effort helped for the former Open champion climb 10 places to inside the Top 50 at No. 44.

Scott was T-2 at the Australian PGA Championship losing to Greg Chalmers in a 7-hole playoff.  For Chalmers, he jumped from 334th to 173rd in the latest rankings.

Other Golf news:

  • The European Tour finished up its 2014 calendar schedule. The tour returns to action at the South African Open Championship Jan. 8-11.
  • Bernhard Langer, who won the Charles Schwab Cup on the Champions Tour in 2014, and his 14-year-old son Jason captured the PNC Father/Son Challenge in Orlando at 23-under overall. The Langer’s beat out Team Love (featuring Davis Love III and his son) by two shots. The Singh’s and Stranger’s finished T-3.
  • Charley Hull, 18, became the youngest player to win the Ladies European Tour’s Order of Merit in 2014.
  • Tiger Woods, who was idle last weekend following his last-place finish at the Hero World Challenge, slipped four places to 29th in the world ranking.
  • The Asian Tour hosts the Dubai Open this week. The field includes Darren Clarke, Tommy Fleetwood, David Howell and Jeev Milkha Singh. Fleetwood was the 36-hole leader last week in Thailand. He logged seven Top 10s on the European Tour last season including three runner-up finishes.