McDowell slips out of world's top 200
 Graeme McDowell 

Graeme McDowell 

Graeme McDowell's missed cut in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship means he has slipped out of the top 200 in the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time since April 2004.

The 2010 US Open champion, who rose as high as world No 4 in January 2011, fell 13 places to 202nd in the latest list and was the first reserve for this week's Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

McDowell was ranked 241st in the world early in 2004 following a disappointing 2003 season. But he won the 61st Telecom Italia Open (and his weight in Parmesan cheese) when he beat Thomas Levet at the fourth extra hole at Castella di Tolcinasco near Milan.

It was his first win since he broke through to claim the 2002 Volvo Scandinavian Masters, just two months after turning professional, in just his fourth European Tour start. But he has yet to win since he claimed the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in November 2015.

Jon Rahm moved up two places to world No 2 following his playoff win over Andrew Landry in the Career Builder Challenge in Palm Springs but Rory McIlroy remained 11th as Tommy Fleetwood moved up six places to 12th following his successful defence of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Official World Golf Ranking - Week 3

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  • 1 (1) Dustin Johnson

  • 2 (3) Jon Rahm

  • 3 (2) Jordan Spieth

  • 4 (4) Justin Thomas

  • 5 (5) Hideki Matsuyama

  • 6 (6) Justin Rose

  • 7 (7) Rickie Fowler

  • 8 (8) Brooks Koepka

  • 9 (10) Sergio Garcia

  • 10 (9) Henrik Stenson

  • 11 (11) Rory McIlroy 

  • 64 (64) Shane Lowry

  • 74 (78) Paul Dunne

  • 154 (153) Pádraig Harrington

  • 202 (189) Graeme McDowell

  • 307 (348) Seamus Power