Keeping Score

Graeme McDowell enters golf’s rarified air again

With his victory in the European Tour's Saudi International, the Northern Irishman surges to 47th in the world ranking and can enjoy the perks of being among the top 50

47: Position in the Official World Golf Ranking on Monday for Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell, who jumped 57 spots after winning the European Tour’s Saudi International on Sunday. He was headed back to Pebble Beach, site of his 2010 U.S. Open victory, for this week’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am with a much better outlook for the season. If he can remain in the top 50, McDowell, 40, would be eligible for the World Golf Championships and major championships again. American Webb Simpson improved to No. 7, a rise of four spots, after he won the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Sunday. Simpson, 34, a six-time winner on the PGA Tour, had been ranked as high as fifth, after he won the 2012 U.S. Open.

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