McIlroy up to second

  • Last Updated: July 21 2014, 9:23 BST

Rory McIlroy's victory in the Open Championship has taken the Northern Irishman from eighth to second in the latest world rankings.

Open champion Rory McIlroy has climbed to second in the rankings
Open champion Rory McIlroy has climbed to second in the rankings

McIlroy held off a determined challenge from Sergio Garcia to lift the Claret Jug at Royal Liverpool and claim his third major title. McIlroy has been world number one on four occasions and a total of 39 weeks, losing it to Tiger Woods in March 2013.

Garcia's share of second with American Rickie Fowler has taken the Spaniard from ninth to fifth and helped ensure there are no American players in the top five. Fowler moved up from 25th to 18th.

Masters champion Bubba Watson is the highest ranked American in sixth, with Woods dropping from seventh to ninth after finishing 69th at Hoylake, his worst 72-hole finish in a major as a professional.

Latest positions and points average: 1 Adam Scott (Aus) 9.24, 2 Rory McIlroy (NIrl) 8.16, 3 Henrik Stenson (Swe) 7.81, 4 Justin Rose (Eng) 7.34, 5 Sergio Garcia (Spa) 7.05, 6 Bubba Watson (USA) 6.80, 7 Matt Kuchar (USA) 6.65, 8 Jason Day (Aus) 6.39, 9 Tiger Woods (USA) 6.23, 10 Jim Furyk (USA) 6.02, 11 Jordan Spieth (USA) 5.78, 12 Martin Kaymer (Ger) 5.43, 13 Phil Mickelson (USA) 5.23, 14 Zach Johnson (USA) 5.08, 15 Dustin Johnson (USA) 5.00, 16 Graeme McDowell (NIrl) 4.83, 17 Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn) 4.79, 18 Rickie Fowler (USA) 4.66, 19 Jimmy Walker (USA) 4.19, 20 Steve Stricker (USA) 4.05.