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Europeans top four in world rankings
June 21, 2011

Rory McIlroy’s stunning eight-shot victory at the U.S. Open has helped Europe claim the top four spots in the world rankings for the first time in nearly 20 years.

The 22-year-old Briton’s win at the Congressional Country Club in Maryland on Sunday has lifted him from eighth to fourth in the rankings behind Ryder Cup team mates Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer.

It is the first time Europeans have occupied the four leading positions since Ian Woosnam, Nick Faldo, Jose Maria Olazabal, Seve Ballesteros and Bernhard Langer were in the top five in February 1992.

Number two Westwood was denied by the narrowest of margins in his bid to knock fellow Briton Donald off top spot in the new rankings issued on Monday.

Westwood finished in a tie for third at the U.S. Open and would have leapfrogged Donald in the rankings if he had taken just one stroke fewer in his four rounds at Bethesda.

Australian Jason Day, joint second behind South African champion Charl Schwartzel at the U.S. Masters in April, climbed from 18th to ninth in the rankings after finishing second at Congressional.

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