Simpson surges to fifth
American breaks top five in world after US Open victory
Last Updated: 18/06/12 1:37pm
Webb Simpson: Up to a career-high fifth in the world rankings
American Webb Simpson has climbed to a career-high fifth in the world rankings on the back of his US Open triumph at Olympic Club on Sunday evening.
The 26-year-old from North Carolina shot a final round of 68 to clinch his maiden major title by a single stroke in San Francisco.
Simpson - who started the final day four shots behind the leaders - finished one shot clear of compatriot Michael Thompson and 2010 champion Graeme McDowell.
His victory saw him climb nine places in the latest round of rankings, rising from 14th to fifth.
Above Simpson, the top four remained constant despite the fact that numbers one and two, Luke Donald and Rory McIlroy, missed the halfway cut in San Francisco.
Lee Westwood stays in third after ending in a tie for tenth, while Tiger Woods is fourth having falling away disappointingly over the weekend at Olympic Club with rounds of 75 and 73.
1 Luke Donald (Eng) 10.12pts, 2 Rory McIlroy (NIrl) 8.86, 3 Lee Westwood (Eng) 8.28, 4 Tiger Woods (USA) 6.78, 5 Webb Simpson (USA) 6.66, 6 Bubba Watson (USA) 5.99, 7 Matt Kuchar (USA) 5.86, 8 Jason Dufner (USA) 5.69, 9 Justin Rose (Eng) 5.68, 10 Hunter Mahan (USA) 5.39, 11 Graeme McDowell (NIrl) 5.24, 12 Steve Stricker (USA) 5.01, 13 Martin Kaymer (Ger) 4.96, 14 Dustin Johnson (USA) 4.88, 15 Phil Mickelson (USA) 4.83, 16 Charl Schwartzel (Rsa) 4.68, 17 Adam Scott (Aus) 4.67, 18 Zach Johnson (USA) 4.63, 19 Rickie Fowler (USA) 4.54, 20 Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa) 4.51
Other leading Europeans:
22 Sergio Garcia (Spa), 25 Peter Hanson (Swe), 27 Ian Poulter (Eng), 29 Paul Lawrie (Sco), 34 Francesco Molinari (Ita), 36 Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel), 37 Martin Laird (Sco), 38 Thomas Bjorn (Den), 40 Carl Pettersson (Swe), 43 Alvaro Quiros (Spa), 44 Fredrik Jacobson (Swe), 47 Simon Dyson (Eng), 49 Robert Karlsson (Swe), 50 Gonzalo Fdez-Castano (Spa), 55 Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spa), 56 Anders Hansen (Den), 59 Robert Rock (Eng), 60 Paul Casey (Eng), 62 Matteo Manassero (Ita), 69 Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa), 75 Padraig Harrington (Irl), 78 Darren Clarke (NIrl), 83 Joost Luiten (Ned), 84 Pablo Larrazabal (Spa), 85 Alexander Noren (Swe), 89 Michael Hoey (NIrl), 91 Brian Davis (Eng), 95 Richie Ramsay (Sco), 96 Bernd Wiesberger (Aut), 100 Stephen Gallacher (Sco)