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Tuesday 25 April 2017

McDowell close to top four place

Graeme McDowell narrowly missed out on a play-off at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii following a course record-equalling closing round of 62. Photo: Getty Images
Graeme McDowell narrowly missed out on a play-off at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii following a course record-equalling closing round of 62. Photo: Getty Images

Graeme McDowell's heroics in Hawaii over the weekend have left him poised to take the world number four spot off Phil Mickelson.

The gap between the pair is down to 0.09 points after the Irishman narrowly missed out on a play-off at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii following a course record-equalling closing round of 62.

Jonathan Byrd beat fellow American Robert Garrigus at the second extra hole in the first event of the 2011 PGA Tour season and leaps from 121st to 58th on the new rankings, while Ian Poulter's sixth-place finish takes him back into the game's top 10.

Latest leading positions:

1 Lee Westwood 8.97pts, 2 Tiger Woods 7.50, 3 Martin Kaymer 7.03, 4 Phil Mickelson 6.39, 5 Graeme McDowell 6.30, 6 Steve Stricker 6.01, 7 Jim Furyk 6.00, 8 Paul Casey 5.65, 9 Luke Donald 5.48, 10 Ian Poulter 5.48

11 Ernie Els 5.46, 12 Rory McIlroy 5.40, 13 Matt Kuchar 4.69, 14 Dustin Johnson 4.50, 15 Retief Goosen 4.38, 16 Francesco Molinari 4.30, 17 Robert Karlsson 4.26, 18 Edoardo Molinari 4.09, 19 Louis Oosthuizen 4.02, 20 Hunter Mahan 3.87

Other leading Europeans:

24 Miguel Angel Jimenez, 26 Padraig Harrington, 30 Justin Rose, 34 Ross Fisher, 41 Peter Hanson, 49 Martin Laird, 50 Alvaro Quiros, 54 Henrik Stenson, 62 Matteo Manassero, 65 Simon Dyson, 70 Rhys Davies, 71 Anders Hansen, 72 Fredrik Andersson Hed, 74 Danny Willett, 77 Brian Davis, 79 Sergio Garcia, 86 Carl Pettersson, 87 Chris Wood, 88 Soren Kjeldsen, 90 David Horsey, 92 Oliver Wilson, 94 Stephen Gallacher, 96 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, 98 Raphael Jacquelin, 100 Joost Luiten

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