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American Steve Stricker breaks into Top 3
Steve Stricker has cemented his spot as the top-ranked U.S. golfer and broken the European stranglehold on the podium places in the latest Official World Golf Rankings issued today.

The top four spots that had been for so long this season been the dominion of players across the pond have had to make way for Stricker who jumped into No 3.

Mediocre showings at the PGA Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club cost Stricker's former superiors.

Rory McIlroy, who suffered a wrist injury during his first round, tied for 64th while defending champion Martin Kaymer of Germany failed to make the cut entirely.

They drop to 5th and 4th respectively.

Stricker, who's own opening round in Georgia was a record-equalling 63, finished tied for twelfth which was enough to jump into the position of third best golfer in the world according to the official rankings.

Another significant jump was by the eventual winner of the Wanamaker Trophy.

Rookie Keegan Bradley's victory in his maiden appearance at a major not only did his bank balance a lot of good but the result meant he jumped a phenomenal 79 places up to No 29.

Tiger Woods drops out of the Top 30 for the first time since the mid-90s, underlining the torrid time his career has suffered since his personal life began to unravel in  Novemember 2009.

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