Phil Mickelson now second in Official World Golf Ranking
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Phil Mickelson now second in Official World Golf Ranking

For the first time since 2010, Phil Mickelson is the second-best player in the world -- at least according to the Official World Golf Ranking.

With his fifth major win at the 2013 Open Championship, Mickelson improves from fifth to second in the ranking, passing Rory McIlroy by 0.02 points.

Rory McIlroy slips to third, with Justin Rose moving down to fourth and Adam Scott rounding out the top five.

Tiger Woods remains the No. 1 player in the world by 4.09 points, leaving him comfortably atop the ladder for the foreseeable future.

The win at Muirfield is the third of the year for Mickelson, building on an early season win at Phoenix, then Scottish wins in conseuctive weeks at the Scottish Open and Open Championship.

Mickelson has never been ranked No. 1 in the world, though throughout the spring and summer of 2010, when he was last second in the world, he had almost 10 opportunities to take the top spot.

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