World Rankings

World ranking boost for Dunne

Padraig Harrington fell two spots to 122nd following his share of 56th in the Sony Open but Paul Dunne jumped 115 places to 553rd thanks to his first career top 10 in the Joburg Open.

World ranking boost for Dunne

Another gong for McIlroy as Clarke claims best finish of trying season

Rory McIlroy crowned a magnificent year when he was voted RTÉ Sports Person of the Year for 2014 last night. But it was also a positive day in many respects for Darren Clarke as he notched his best finish of a trying season in Dubai.

Another gong for McIlroy as Clarke claims best finish of trying season

Lowry 51st the world as Masters chase goes on

Shane Lowry moved up three spots to 51st in the world but is still a tantalising 0.12 world ranking points short of 50th ranked John Senden and a place in next year's Masters.

Lowry 51st the world as Masters chase goes on

Irish winners and losers in 2013

Graeme McDowell and Simon Thornton were Irish golf’s big winners in the world rankings in 2013 but it was a disappointing year for the other six players who ended the season inside the Top-300 - Rory McIlroy, Shane Lowry, Pádraig Harrington, Michael Hoey, Darren Clarke and Peter Lawrie.

Irish winners and losers in 2013

Only Els, Mickelson, Furyk, Woods and Garcia ahead of Harrington

Sergio Garica, pictured with Padraig Harrington after the third round of The Open at Muirfileld this year, will beat the Dubliner’s Top-100 run later this year. Picture Eoin Clarke www.golffile.ie:Padraig Harrington fell another four places to 105th in the latest Official World Golf Rankings.

Stenson up to world No 4, McIlroy falls two spots to No 6

Henrik Stenson is the new world No 4 at the expense of Rory McIlroy. Henrik Stenson made Rory McIlroy’s nightmare 2013 season look at little worse on Sunday when he claimed the Tour Championship, the $10m FedEx Cup bonus and moved to No 4 in the Official World Golf Ranking, pushing the Holywood star down to sixth.

McIlroy contractually obliged to miss World Cup?

Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowellShane Lowry and Graeme McDowell during a practice round for The Open at Murifield. Picture Fran Caffrey www.golffile.ieContractual reasons are being touted as the reason for Rory McIlroy’s absence from the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf, giving Shane Lowry the chance to pick up some precious world ranking points when he partners Graeme McDowell at Royal Melbourne in November.

McIlroy down to world No 4 - but he's 39th in 2013

Rory McIroy has slipped to world No 4 but he’d be ranked 39th on 2013 alone. Picture: Eoin Clarke www.golffile.ieAdam Scott’s victory in The Barclays moved him to second in the world, leap-frogging Open champion Phil Mickelson and pushing Rory McIlroy down one place from third to fourth.

McIlroy 43rd in the world this year

Rory McIlroy could do with a big week. Form is fleeting and class is permanent but as the 2013 season nears its equator its worth noting that current world rankings bear little relation to reality if we count the points gained this year alone rather than a player’s average over the last two years.

Rejuvenated Woods threatens McIlroy's No 1 ranking

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy were separate by more than four world rankings points in Abu Dhabi in January. Woods is now less than one point behind the world No 1. Picture: Fran Caffrey/www.golffile.ieRory McIlroy can start bracing himself for heavy losses to Nike legends Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan over the next fortnight.

Lowry makes Match Play by 2/10,000ths of a point

Patrick Reed made an outrageous birdie at the 72nd hole to deny Fredrik Jacobson and put Shane Lowry in the WGC-Accenture Match Play field.Augusta is calling Shane Lowry. How else could you explain how a rookie from Augusta State birdied the legendary 18th at Pebble Beach from the rocks to put the Clara man into the WGC-Accenture Match Play by just two ten-thousandths of a world ranking point.