Donaldson in career-high ranking

  • Last Updated: January 21 2013, 10:46 GMT

Jamie Donaldson is at a career-high 29th in the world after winning the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Jamie Donaldson: Up to 29th in the world
Jamie Donaldson: Up to 29th in the world

The Welshman, also last year's Irish Open champion after going more than a decade without a European Tour title, moves up 18 places.

Runners-up Justin Rose and Thorbjorn Olesen, both of whom missed birdie chances to force a play-off, stand fourth and 42nd in the rankings respectively.

American Brian Gay, whose closing 63 brought him victory at the Humana Challenge in California after a play-off with compatriot Charles Howell and Swede David Lingmerth, leaps from 296th to 116th in the new rankings.

Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods stay first and second despite both missing the cut in the Middle East.

Latest leading positions in the world golf rankings:

1 Rory McIlroy 12.37pts, 2 Tiger Woods 8.16, 3 Luke Donald 8.11, 4 Justin Rose 6.65, 5 Louis Oosthuizen 6.64, 6 Adam Scott 6.19, 7 Lee Westwood 5.69, 8 Brandt Snedeker 5.35, 9 Bubba Watson 5.25, 10 Steve Stricker 5.15

11 Jason Dufner 5.12, 12 Keegan Bradley 4.99, 13 Ian Poulter 4.95, 14 Dustin Johnson 4.93, 15 Webb Simpson 4.78, 16 Charl Schwartzel 4.69, 17 Graeme McDowell 4.62, 18 Peter Hanson 4.54, 19 Sergio Garcia 4.50, 20 Matt Kuchar 4.42

Other leading Europeans: 28 Martin Kaymer, 29 Jamie Donaldson, 31 Paul Lawrie, 32 Carl Pettersson, 33 Francesco Molinari, 35 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, 36 Nicolas Colsaerts, 42 Thorbjorn Olesen, 43 Matteo Manassero, 47 Thomas Bjorn, 49 David Lynn, 50 Padraig Harrington, 52 Henrik Stenson, 53 Richie Ramsay, 54 Rafael Cabrera Bello, 59 Shane Lowry, 60 Marcel Siem, 61 Alexander Noren, 63 Miguel Angel Jimenez, 64 Bernd Wiesberger, 65 Anders Hansen, 69 Fredrik Jacobson, 72 Scott Jamieson, 73 Simon Dyson, 78 Jonas Blixt, 79 Martin Laird, 81 Kristoffer Broberg, 82 Danny Willett, 89 Pablo Larrazabal, 96 Joost Luiten, 97 Fredrik Andersson Hed


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