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Open champion Smith up to No. 2 in world

Australian Cameron Smith has leapt five spots to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, a career best, as a result of winning the British Open on Sunday.

Smith beat Cameron Young and Rory McIlroy to win the Claret Jug at St Andrews in Scotland.

It was McIlroy Smith unseated from the No. 2 spot by winning his first major title. McIlroy dropped to third in the new week’s rankings.

Scottie Scheffler was in no danger of losing his hold on No. 1 after rocketing his way up the board this spring with four victories, including at the Masters. He remained No. 1 after tying for 21st at The Open.

Patrick Cantlay remained No. 4, while Spain’s Jon Rahm slipped two spots to fifth and Xander Schauffele stepped back one spot to sixth.

Smith fired an eight-under-par 64 on Sunday — his second 64 of the week — to storm past McIlroy and notch a final score of 20 under at the 150th playing of The Open.

Smith’s previous career high in the OWGR was No. 3 earlier this year after he tied for 13th at the PGA Championship. He vaulted into the top 10 for the first time in March when he won The Players Championship, which awards 80 rankings points to its winner — the most of any event outside the four majors.

The Aussie is the fourth different player at No. 2 Scheffler rose to No. 1 in late March. Rahm, Collin Morikawa and McIlroy also spent time in the second spot.

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