Mickelson back in world top 10

Phil Mickelson is back in the world’s top 10 for the first time since last May after his wire-to-wire victory at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Mickelson, who just missed out on a 59 in the opening round, finished four clear of Brandt Snedeker and improves from 22nd to 10th on the rankings, while Snedeker, also runner-up to Tiger Woods at Torrey Pines a week earlier, is up to a career-high sixth.

Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher leaps from 111th to 60th after making the Omega Dubai Desert Classic only his second success in 404 European Tour starts.

After this week’s events the top 64 qualify for the Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona on February 20-24.

Latest leading positions in the world golf rankings:

1 Rory McIlroy 12.23pts,

2 Tiger Woods 9.16,

3 Luke Donald 7.76,

4 Justin Rose 6.54,

5 Louis Oosthuizen

6.52, 6 Brandt Snedeker 6.25,

7 Adam Scott 5.97,

8 Lee Westwood 5.62,

9 Bubba Watson 5.26,

10 Phil Mickelson 5.24

11 Jason Dufner 5.05,

12 Ian Poulter 5.01,

13 Steve Stricker 4.95,

14 Keegan Bradley 4.87,

15 Sergio Garcia 4.79,

16 Dustin Johnson 4.78,

17 Webb Simpson 4.76,

18 Charl Schwartzel 4.55,

19 Graeme McDowell 4.50,

20 Peter Hanson 4.45

Other leading Europeans:

28 Martin Kaymer,

30 Jamie Donaldson,

31 Paul Lawrie,

33 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano,

34 Carl Pettersson,

35 Francesco Molinari,

39 Nicolas Colsaerts,

40 Thorbjorn Olesen,

43 Matteo Manassero,

47 Padraig Harrington,

49 Thomas Bjorn,

50 Alexander Noren,

52 Henrik Stenson,

53 David Lynn,

56 Rafael Cabrera Bello,

59 Richie Ramsay,

60 Stephen Gallacher,

61 Chris Wood,

62 Marcel Siem,

64 Shane Lowry,

65 Bernd Wiesberger,

66 Miguel Angel Jimenez,

67 Anders Hansen,

68 Scott Jamieson,

73 Fredrik Jacobson,

75 Simon Dyson,

81 Kristoffer Broberg,

82 Jonas Blixt,

85 Danny Willett,

86 Martin Laird,

96 Fredrik Andersson Hed

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