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Woods and McIlroy continue to slide down rankings

The former world number ones are now seventh and eighth a fortnight out from The Open.

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TIGER WOODS AND Rory McIlroy have continued to fall down the official world golf rankings, less than a fortnight from The Open Championship.

Woods began the year at the top of the rankings but has now slipped to world number seven, while McIlroy – another former world number one – lies eighth.

Beneficiaries of their demise are Jason Day, with the Australian climbing back into the top five, and England’s Justin Rose, who is up to sixth.

Open de France winner Graeme McDowell is the only significant mover in the top 20, rising three spots to 17th, while Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee is up five places to 34th after finishing tied for second at the European Tour event.

Webb Simpson’s third-place finish at the Greenbrier Classic on the PGA Tour has lifted him from 31st to 28th.

Another American, Brendon Todd, was tied for fourth at The Old White TPC, and improves five places to 42nd.

Fabrizio Zanotti, a winner on the European Tour in June, moves inside the top 100 after a top-10 finish at Le Golf National in Paris - with the Paraguayan now 97th in the standings.

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The European Tour moves to Aberdeen on Thursday for the Scottish Open before next week’s major at Hoylake, while the PGA Tour heads to Illinois for the John Deere Classic.

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