Blixt, Lowry soar in world rankings

Jonas Blixt and Shane Lowry won the PGA Tour and European Tour events this weekend and those wins helped both men soar in this week's world rankings.

Blixt rocketed up 40 places to No. 75 with his victory at the Open. Lowry jumped 54 spots to 74th as he won the Portugal Masters by a stroke.

The top 12 in the rankings remained the same with No. 1 Rory McIlroy followed again by Tiger Woods, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Justin Rose, Adam Scott, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Jason Dufner, Steve Stricker and Louis Oosthuizen.

Matt Kuchar climbed two spots to 13th and that bumped Dustin Johnson and Keegan Bradley down to Nos. 14 and 15, respectively.

Zach Johnson and Phil Mickelson exchanged spots with the 2007 Masters champion up to 16 and Mickelson down one to 17. Graeme McDowell, Sergio Garcia and Hunter Mahan rounded out the top 20 again this week.