Irish elite golf is in rude good health with Rory McIlroy moving up to 2nd in the World Rankings after another Top Five finish at the US Open last week.

Leona Maguire’s narrow playoff defeat in the Meijer Classic also on Sunday night has seen her climb to 17th on the Women’s rankings and brought her earnings for the season to date to within an ace of €750,000.

Shane Lowry stays at number 24, a full 20 places ahead of where he was at the end of last year and Seamus Power has now climbed to 36.

In the men’s game that makes Ireland the only country outside of the United States and England to have three players in the World’s Top 40.

Power will now play the Travellers Championship before returning home to play in next week’s Horizon Irish Open at Mount Juliet, after which he will be joined by McIlroy and Lowry at the JP McManus Pro-Am in Adare Manor and then at the 150th Open Championship at St Andrew’s.

Maguires next Major date is this weekend when she will tee it up at the KPMG WPGA Championship at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, the venue where Rory McIlroy won his first Major title back in 2011.

We are heading into a very special month for the sport.

 

 

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