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Jim Furyk moves up to World No.8

American Jim Furyk returned to the world's top 10 on Monday following his two-shot victory over compatriot Tiger Woods at the Western Open in Lemont, Illinois.

Furyk, who ended a two-year title drought on the PGA Tour with a closing two-under-par 69 at the Cog Hill Country Club, rose six places to eighth in the official world rankings.

U.S. Masters champion Woods, after finishing runner-up for the second time in his last two Tour starts, stretched his lead at the top of the global pecking order to 2.06 average ranking points over former number one Vijay Singh.

South African Ernie Els stayed at three, left-hander Phil Mickelson at four, Retief Goosen at five and Spaniard Sergio Garcia at number six.

In the only other changes to the top 10, Irishman Padraig Harrington slipped one place to ninth while American Ryder Cup player Chris DiMarco dropped from nine to 11.

On the European Tour, Britain's Kenneth Ferrie came back from seven strokes behind to win the European Open by two shots at the K Club in Ireland on Sunday and rocketed 211 spots to a career-high 115th in the world.

World ranking points are accumulated over a two-year period, with points awarded in the most recent 13-week spell doubled.

Each player is ranked according to his average points per tournament, points being weighted according to the status of the event and strength of the field.

 

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