Phil Mickelson moved to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking after winning his first British Open title yesterday, moving past Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy. Tiger Woods holds the top spot,
Mickelson, a 43-year-old American, birdied four of the final six holes to pull away to a three-shot win over Sweden’s Henrik Stenson at Muirfield in Gullane, Scotland. A month ago, he lost a final-round lead at Merion Golf Club outside Philadelphia and finished second for a record sixth time in the U.S. Open.
The world rankings are determined through a two-year system. Players accumulate points based on the strength of a tournament’s field, with golf’s four major tournaments awarding the most points.
Woods, 37, leads all players with 12.64 average points per tournament, Mickelson is second with 8.63, followed by McIlroy’s
Mickelson shot 5-under par 66 yesterday, matching the low round of the tournament, to finish at 3-under 281. The victory, his fifth major title, paid Mickelson 945,000 pounds ($1.44 million). Lee Westwood and fellow Englishman Ian Poulter tied for third with Masters Tournament champion Adam Scott of Australia at 1 over. Woods was among three players in sixth at 2 over.