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American climbs to fifth in world rankings after Sawgrass victory

Last Updated: 14/05/12 9:32am

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Matt Kuchar: The American has risen to number five in the world rankings

Matt Kuchar: The American has risen to number five in the world rankings

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Matt Kuchar has moved up 11 places to fifth in the world rankings following his two-stroke victory at the Players Championship on Sunday.

Kuchar's win at Sawgrass means there are now six Americans in the top 10 and four Europeans.

However, Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy keeps hold of top spot despite missing the cut.

English duo Luke Donald and Lee Westwood both failed to finish high enough to usurp McIlroy from the summit - they remain second and third respectively.

Scot Martin Laird, part of a four-way tie for second at Sawgrass, improves eight spots to 31st.

World rankings: 1 Rory McIlroy 9.65pts, 2 Luke Donald 9.52, 3 Lee Westwood 8.27, 4 Bubba Watson 6.52, 5 Matt Kuchar 6.22, 6 Hunter Mahan 5.60, 7 Tiger Woods 5.29, 8 Steve Stricker 5.27, 9 Martin Kaymer 5.23, 10 Phil Mickelson 5.16, 11 Webb Simpson 5.10, 12 Justin Rose 5.08, 13 Adam Scott 4.98, 14 Louis Oosthuizen 4.87, 15 Charl Schwartzel 4.80, 16 Jason Day 4.69, 17 Dustin Johnson 4.66, 18 Rickie Fowler 4.51, 19 Bill Haas 4.32, 20 Graeme McDowell 4.25

Other leading Europeans: 23 Sergio Garcia, 24 Peter Hanson, 28 Ian Poulter, 31 Martin Laird, 32 Francesco Molinari, 36 Carl Pettersson, 37 Thomas Bjorn, 40 Simon Dyson, 41 Paul Lawrie, 42 Alvaro Quiros, 46 Robert Karlsson, 47 Anders Hansen, 48 Fredrik Jacobson, 51 Nicolas Colsaerts, 54 Paul Casey, 56 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, 57 Miguel Angel Jimenez, 59 Robert Rock, 60 Matteo Manassero, 61 Rafael Cabrera Bello, 70 Darren Clarke, 76 Pablo Larrazabal, 80 Michael Hoey, 81 Alexander Noren, 84 Joost Luiten, 87 Brian Davis, 91 Richie Ramsay, 95 Padraig Harrington, 96 Stephen Gallacher, 100 Bernd Wiesberger

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