Paul Lawrie will play in Ryder Cup with his highest-ever world ranking

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SCOTTISH golfer Paul Lawrie is up to his highest-ever position on the world rankings a week before he returns to the Ryder Cup after 13 years. Although the 43-year-old did not play last week his ranking improves from 29th to 27th.

Next week’s match in Chicago involves 24 of the top 35 players in the world, 17 of whom also compete this week at the Tour Championship in Atlanta.

All 12 of the American side have made it through to the final leg of the FedEx Cup play-offs, plus world No. 1 Rory McIlroy – he leads the race for the 10million US dollars bonus – and other Europe team members Lee Westwood, Luke Donald, Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia. Spain’s Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano won the Italian Open and climbs from 45th to a 
career-high 37th.

Latest leading positions in the world golf rankings:

1 Rory McIlroy 12.93pts, 2 Tiger Woods 9.54, 3 Luke Donald 9.18, 4 Lee Westwood 7.44, 5 Adam Scott 6.43, 6 Jason Dufner 6.13, 7 Bubba Watson 6.11, 8 Webb Simpson 6.01, 9 Justin Rose 5.87, 10 Steve Stricker 5.77, 11 Louis Oosthuizen 5.69, 12 Dustin Johnson 5.51, 13 Keegan Bradley 5.43, 14 Matt Kuchar 5.42, 15 Phil Mickelson 5.18, 16 Zach Johnson 5.14, 17 Graeme McDowell 4.96, 18 Brandt Snedeker 4.96, 19 Sergio Garcia 4.87, 20 Hunter Mahan 4.71.

Other leading Europeans

23 Peter Hanson, 24 Ian Poulter, 27 Paul Lawrie, 31 Francesco Molinari, 32 Martin Kaymer, 34 Carl Pettersson, 35 Nicolas Colsaerts, 37 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, 39 David Lynn, 41 Thomas Bjorn, 42 Martin Laird, 44 Fredrik Jacobson, 46 Rafael Cabrera Bello, 49 Simon Dyson, 50 Jamie Donaldson, 52 Anders Hansen, 56 Alvaro Quiros, 57 Padraig Harrington, 59 Richie Ramsay, 61 Marcel Siem, 70 Alexander Noren, 72 Pablo Larrazabal, 74 Robert Karlsson, 75 Bernd Wiesberger, 77 Matteo Manassero, 82 Robert Rock, 83 Miguel Angel Jimenez, 92 Thorbjorn Olesen, 97 Joost Luiten, 100 Brian Davis.