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McIlroy up to number two

RORY McIlroy moves up from third place to number two in the world rankings following his runner-up finish in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, but Padraig Harrington drops two spots to 90th.

Only four Irishmen are in the top 100 -- McIlroy, Graeme McDowell (11), Darren Clarke (52) and Harrington. The top 10 are: 1 Luke Donald, 2 Rory McIlroy, 3 Lee Westwood, 4 Martin Kaymer, 5 Steve Stricker, 6 Webb Simpson, 7 Adam Scott, 8 Charl Schwartzel, 9 Dustin Johnson, 10 Jason Day.

• TEARS were shed by Kyle Stanley after his shock collapse in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines on Sunday.

Stanley led by three shots playing the last. But a disastrous triple-bogey on the par-five 18th left him tied with fellow American Brandt Snedeker on 16-under-par. A sudden-death play-off ended on the second tie-hole where a birdie two for Snedeker gave him the title.

Irish Independent