David Higgins made a massive leap in the world rankings thanks to his top 10 finish at Wentworth. PIcture Fran Caffrey/www.golffile.ieDavid Higgins made a huge move in the latest world rankings when he jumped 793 places to 651st thanks to his 10th place finish in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. But not all Irish golfers were going in an upward direction in the latest list.

As expected, Rory McIlroy fell from first to second behind BMW PGA Championhsip winner Luke Donald and cannot now catch his English rival if he wins The Memorial in Ohio this week.

Graeme McDowell, who also missed the cut at Wentworth, fell out of the Top 20 for the first time since he won the US Open two years ago, falling three places to 21st.

Darren Clarke and Michael Hoey both slipped three spots to 73rd and 83rd respectively while Padraig Harrington fell four place to 94th and could arrive at the US Open ranked outside the world’s Top 100 for the first time since the 1996 European Open.

Shane Lowry fell six places to 137th but Peter Lawrie, who finish fourth behind Donald on the Burma Road, leapt 69 places to 143rd.

Damien McGrane moved up four to 236th and Gareth Maybin 17 spots to 264th. Former Ryder Cup hero Paul McGinley also made a positive move for the second tournament in a row, jumping 20 places to 410th thanks to his share of 33rd at Wentworth.

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