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Last Updated: 03/12/12 4:44pm

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Graeme McDowell: Won the World Challenge in California for the second time

Graeme McDowell: Won the World Challenge in California for the second time

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Graeme McDowell has climbed ten places in the latest world rankings after his first tournament victory for two years at the World Challenge.

The Northern Irishman won the Tiger Woods-hosted event in California by three shots from Keegan Bradley - his first triumph since winning the same event in 2010.

The success sees McDowell rise from world number 24 to 14, ahead of the likes of Phil Mickelson and Steve Stricker.

Meanwhile, Germany's Martin Kaymer has moved up four places to number 28 after emerging victorious at the Ned Bank Golf Challenge over the weekend.

The German held his nerve to complete a two-stroke win, his first since capturing the HSBC Champions event just over 12 months ago.

World Top 20: 1 Rory McIlroy 13.71pts, 2 Luke Donald 9.12, 3 Tiger Woods 9.03, 4 Justin Rose 6.64, 5 Louis Oosthuizen 6.45, 6 Lee Westwood 6.41, 7 Adam Scott 6.40, 8 Jason Dufner 5.63, 9 Brandt Snedeker 5.56, 10 Webb Simpson 5.55, 11 Keegan Bradley 5.32, 12 Bubba Watson 5.32, 13 Ian Poulter 5.14, 14 Graeme McDowell 5.06, 15 Phil Mickelson 5.05, 16 Steve Stricker 4.93, 17 Nick Watney 4.86, 18 Peter Hanson 4.82, 19 Matt Kuchar 4.72, 20 Bo Van Pelt 4.66

Other leading Europeans: 22 Sergio Garcia, 28 Martin Kaymer, 29 Paul Lawrie, 31 Francesco Molinari, 32 Carl Pettersson, 33 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, 35 Nicolas Colsaerts, 44 Thomas Bjorn, 45 Matteo Manassero, 46 David Lynn, 48 Jamie Donaldson, 50 Thorbjorn Olesen, 51 Alexander Noren, 52 Miguel Angel Jimenez, 53 Richie Ramsay, 54 Rafael Cabrera Bello, 55 Fredrik Jacobson, 56 Shane Lowry, 59 Padraig Harrington, 60 Henrik Stenson, 61 Anders Hansen, 62 Marcel Siem, 63 Martin Laird, 67 Bernd Wiesberger, 69 Simon Dyson, 75 Jonas Blixt, 80 Pablo Larrazabal, 81 Alvaro Quiros, 87 Fredrik Andersson Hed, 92 Stephen Gallacher, 93 Ross Fisher, 95 Danny Willett, 97 Robert Rock

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