19 Jun 2012

New US Open champion rises to fifth in world

11:52 am on 19 June 2012

The American golfer Webb Simpson has risen nine places to number five in the world rankings after winning the US Open championship on Monday in San Francisco.

The 26-year-old became the 15th straight different major championship winner with a one-stroke victory over the 2010 champion Graeme McDowell from Northern Ireland and fellow American Michael Thompson.

Simpson is also the ninth straight first-time major winner, the longest streak in PGA Tour history.

The top four in the rankings remain unchanged - Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Tiger Woods.