Rory McIlroy at Holywood golf club. INPHO/Presseye/Russell Pritchard
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Rory on the march - McIlroy climbs to third in rankings

Fredrik Jacobson makes a big leap after his weekend heroics while Luke Donald sits top of the pile.

RORY MCILROY IS still enjoying the fruits of his US Open victory. The Holywood pro is up to a career-high world ranking of third.

McIlroy overtook Martin Kaymer as the German failed to finish in the top eight at the BMW International Open in Munich yesterday.

Fellow Europeans Luke Donald and Lee Westwood are ahead of McIlroy, who is currently on a three-week break after his eight-shot victory at Congressional.

Swede Fredrik Jacobson is up from 110th to 61st in the world after his win in America, while Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal climbs 86 spots to 94th after beating Sergio Garcia in a play-off at the BMW International Open in Germany.

Latest leading positions in the world golf rankings:

1 Luke Donald 9.14, 2 Lee Westwood 8.66, 3 Rory McIlroy 7.23, 4 Martin Kaymer 7.14, 5 Steve Stricker 6.39, 6 Phil Mickelson 5.90, 7 Matt Kuchar 5.59, 8 Graeme McDowell 5.54, 9 Jason Day 5.43, 10 Charl Schwartzel 5.37 11 Dustin Johnson 5.08, 12 Bubba Watson 4.83, 13 Paul Casey 4.80, 14 Ian Poulter 4.59, 15 Nick Watney 4.56, 16 KJ Choi 4.35, 17 Tiger Woods 4.22, 18 Robert Karlsson 4.10, 19 Hunter Mahan 4.02, 20 Jim Furyk 3.93

Other leading Europeans:

22 Francesco Molinari, 25 Martin Laird, 26 Alvaro Quiros, 27 Miguel Angel Jimenez, 29 Matteo Manassero, 31 Justin Rose, 35 Edoardo Molinari, 41 Peter Hanson, 43 Anders Hansen, 51 Sergio Garcia, 54 Padraig Harrington, 55 Ross Fisher, 61 Fredrik Jacobson, 72 Simon Dyson, 76 Thomas Bjorn, 77 Raphael Jacquelin, 79 Gregory Bourdy, 82 David Horsey, 83 Nicolas Colsaerts, 84 Brian Davis, 85 Alexander Noren, 86 Johan Edfors, 94 Pablo Larrazabal, 96 Stephen Gallacher, 100 Carl Pettersson.

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