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U.S. Open Golf 2012: Webb Simpson Rises To No. 5 In World Rankings With Open Win

Following his win on Sunday at the 2012 U.S. Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, California, Webb Simpson has risen nine places to the No. 5 spot in the World Rankings. This is Simpson's third career professional victory as his previous best finish at a major was a tie for 16th at the 2011 U.S. Open.

The top-four golfers remained in tact though as big name players such as Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Luke McDonald failed to make a dent. Graeme McDowell on the other hand was capable of turning a strong outing this weekend into tangible results in the rankings, as he rocketed 10-spots from the No. 21 ranking all the way to the No. 11 spot.

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