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Ian Poulter back into world's top 10 after run to semi-finals of WGC Match Play

Last Updated: 10/04/13 5:27pm

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Ian Poulter: Back in the world's top 10 after his run to the semis in Arizona

Ian Poulter: Back in the world's top 10 after his run to the semis in Arizona

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Ian Poulter has moved into the world's top 10 on the back of his run to the semi-finals of the WGC-Accenture Match Play in Arizona.

The Englishman progressed furthest of all 29 Europeans competing in the 64-man event, reaching the semi-finals before going down 4&3 to defending champion Hunter Mahan.

But his performance was good enough to see him move up three places from 13th to 10th in the latest round of world rankings and the 37-year-old is now looking to crack the top five again - a feat he achieved when winning the Accenture Match Play in 2010.

"Back into the top 10 of the world rankings. Moving in the right direction. Next goal back into the top 5. 2013 big year," Poulter tweeted.

Last week's winner in Arizona, Matt Kuchar, also forces his way into the top 10 following his 2&1 victory over Mahan in the final, climbing from 23rd to eighth position.

Latest leading positions in the world golf rankings:

1 Rory McIlroy 11.66pts, 2 Tiger Woods 8.83, 3 Luke Donald 7.25, 4 Brandt Snedeker 6.74, 5 Louis Oosthuizen 6.35, 6 Justin Rose 6.32, 7 Adam Scott 5.58, 8 Matt Kuchar 5.45, 9 Lee Westwood 5.37, 10 Ian Poulter 5.23.

11 Bubba Watson 5.18, 12 Phil Mickelson 5.15, 13 Steve Stricker 5.02, 14 Charl Schwartzel 4.97, 15 Jason Dufner 4.93, 16 Webb Simpson 4.81, 17 Sergio Garcia 4.77, 18 Keegan Bradley 4.75, 19 Graeme McDowell 4.58, 20 Dustin Johnson 4.56.

Other leading Europeans:

22 Peter Hanson, 28 Martin Kaymer, 31 Jamie Donaldson, 32 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, 33 Paul Lawrie, 34 Carl Pettersson, 39 Francesco Molinari, 40 Nicolas Colsaerts, 41 Thorbjorn Olesen, 44 Matteo Manassero, 47 Fredrik Jacobson, 49 Alex Noren, 50 Padraig Harrington, 54 Thomas Bjorn, 55 Henrik Stenson, 57 David Lynn, 59 Rafael Cabrera Bello, 60 Stephen Gallacher, 61 Chris Wood, 62 Shane Lowry, 63 Richie Ramsay, 66 Marcel Siem, 69 Bernd Wiesberger, 70 Scott Jamieson, 71 Anders Hansen, 72 Miguel Angel Jimenez, 83 Simon Dyson, 86 Kristoffer Broberg, 88 Danny Willett, 90 Jonas Blixt, 94 Martin Laird

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