Rory McIlroy up to world No. 2 after British Open win

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy holds up the Claret Jug after winning the 2014 British Open Golf Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Course in Hoylake, north west England on July 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy holds up the Claret Jug after winning the 2014 British Open Golf Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Course in Hoylake, north west England on July 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

HOYLAKE, United Kingdom (AFP) - Rory McIlroy is the new world No. 2 after his dramatic British Open victory on Sunday at Royal Liverpool lifted him six places in the rankings.

Australia's Adam Scott keeps the No. 1 spot after finishing in a tie for fifth with countryman Marc Leishman on 12 under, five shots behind the Northern Irishman.

Sweden's Henrik Stenson drops to No. 3, while Justin Rose of England is fourth and Spaniard Sergio Garcia climbs from ninth to fifth.

American Bubba Watson, who missed the cut this weekend, drops two spots to sixth, his compatriot Matt Kuchar also falls to seven and Australia's Jason Day takes eighth place moving up two spots.

American duo Tiger Woods, who endured his worst ever British Open with a six over par score, and Jim Furyk complete the top 10.