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Last Updated: Monday, 10 September 2007, 10:28 GMT 11:28 UK
Rose climbs to top of GB rankings
Justin Rose
Rose played his final round in Chicago with winner Tiger Woods
Justin Rose is Britain's top golfer for the first time after his fifth place at the BMW Championship in Illinois.

Rose's performance in the third leg of the US Tour's new FedEx Cup play-off series, lifted him above Luke Donald into 13th spot in the world rankings.

Ireland's Padraig Harrington (7th) and Sergio Garcia of Spain (11th) are now the only Europeans ahead of him.

Donald has missed out to Harrington for the last place in this week's 30-man Tour Championship field in Atlanta.

Donald would have made it if he had finished seven-under par at the BMW Championship.

But after opening with a 76, he made it only to five-under with his closing 65.

That dropped him from 28th to 31st in the standings for the FedEx Cup series, allowing Harrington, who opted not to play in Chicago, to hang onto 30th spot.

Donald admitted: "I just haven't played good enough the last few weeks.

"The game has just seemed a little more difficult. Sometimes you get in a mental slump and it's hard to see the light."

  • Harrington, Rose, Donald and Paul Casey are the first four players to qualify for the Britain & Ireland team to defend the Seve Trophy against Continental Europe in two weeks' time.

    Four more will come from the European Order of Merit after this week's Mercedes-Benz Championship in Germany, then captain Nick Faldo will add two wild cards.



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