Graeme McDowell, on the strength of his third global victory of the 2013 season, has moved into the sixth spot in golf’s world rankings and has world No. 1 Tiger Woods in his sights.
The 2010 U.S. Open champion fired a final-round 4-under 67 to win last week’s French Open by four strokes over Richard Sterne and climb over Phil Mickelson, Brandt Snedeker, and Luke Donald to inch closer to Woods, the only other PGA or European Tour player to earn at least three Ws this season. Closing at 9-under for the week in his final pre-British Open tune-up, G-Mac climbed from No. 9 to No. 6 in the standings.
With his win in Paris, McDowell became a favorite to battle Woods, who's nursing an elbow injury, for the Open Championship title next week. Rory McIlroy's Northern Irish countryman has had a truly up-and-down year, with five missed cuts to go with three triumphs in his last eight worldwide tourneys.
My last 8 weeks of tournament play in binary form : 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 It's a funny old game!!! Thanks for the support guys. #murraymound— Graeme McDowell (@Graeme_McDowell) July 7, 2013
The winner of last week’s Greenbrier Classic, Jonas Blixt, rocketed up from 103rd to 51st in the rankings. Woods and McIlroy continue to hold onto to the 1-2 spots, with newly crowned U.S. Open winner Justin Rose in third and reigning Masters champion Adam Scott in the clean-up spot. Matt Kuchar, McDowell, Snedeker, Mickelson, Donald, and Louis Oosthuizen round out the top 10.