Robert Karlsson has been rewarded for his excellent form by climbing into the world’s top 20, while Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell has slipped out of the top ten.
Karlsson had a 2009 to forget, picking up only one top-25 finish and only making five cuts. However, 2010 has been a different story, with the weekend’s play-off victory over Ian Poulter for the Dubai World Championship being his crowning moment.
US Open champion McDowell was left to rue a poor spell of putting as he lost out to Martin Kaymer in the Race to Dubai and fell to 11th in the world standings. Needing a top-three finish to give himself a chance of topping the money list, one of Europe’s Ryder Cup heroes could only tie for 13th along with Kaymer – leaving the German to finish the year as Europe’s premier golfer.