McDowell boosts Ryder Cup chances
Only Lee Westwood now stands ahead of new US Open champion Graeme McDowell in the race for places in Europe's Ryder Cup team.
A week ago McDowell was not even amongst the top nine who earn automatic spots in Colin Montgomerie's side at the end of August.
Italian Francesco Molinari, who missed the halfway cut at Pebble Beach, is the one to be pushed out of the top nine and he drops to 11th just behind Padraig Harrington.
Latest leading positions in the European Ryder Cup table after the US Open (top four on world list qualify, then next five on European points list. Captain Colin Montgomerie adds three wild cards on August 29):
1 LEE WESTWOOD 358.7, 2 GRAEME McDOWELL 235.6, 3 RORY McILROY 224.8, 4 IAN POULTER 206.5, 5 Luke Donald 198.0, 6 Padraig Harrington 168.8, 7 Martin Kaymer 155.4, 8 Edoardo Molinari 144.7, 9 Justin Rose 137.2, 10 Rhys Davies 131.7
1 Lee Westwood 2,816,325, 2 Ian Poulter 2,157,025, 3 Graeme McDowell 2,135,603, 4 Rory McIlroy 1,462,754, 5 ROSS McGOWAN 1,344,158, 6 MARTIN KAYMER 1,309,449, 7 LUKE DONALD 1,104,038, 8 SIMON DYSON 1,079,675, 9 ALVARO QUIROS 1,058,335, 10 Padraig Harrington 1,051,233
(Capitals denote players in qualifying positions)
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