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Colin Montgomerie's back-to-back victories in Europe and China during the past fortnight have hoisted the big Scott back into the Top 10 of the official world rankings.

His shared victory with Bernhard Langer in the Volvo Masters at Valderrama and his follow-up win in the TCL Classic over Asian Tour No 1 Thongchai Jaidee in Dongguan, China, has enabled Montgomerie to edge past the USA's Jim Furyk to join fellow European Ryder Cup stars Sergio Garcia and Padraig Harrington in the upper echelon for the first time since October last year.

Garcia is in fifth place behind European Tour No 1 Retief Goosen while Harrington, second again to Goosen in the battle for the Volvo Order Of Merit title, is in 8th place.

Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els retain the top three places they have held all year

After winning in China, Montgomerie said: "It shows to my peers that I'm still there, that I've not gone away and I'm still competitive at the highest level."

It was no idle boast.

The 39-year-old made that clear in China by storming back from a two-shot overnight deficit to fire a bogey-free five-under-par 67 and win going away - without even putting all that well.

If he really gets his belly putter working next year, watch out.

He's still got the swing to win a major - and his new, more relaxed on-course attitude to the game will undoubtedly make him a greater threat than he's been for some years.


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