Westwood’s desert performance didn’t net him a victory but did allow him – by 0.005 points – to replace Rory McIlroy in the second spot. Luke Donald remains No. 1, with the rest of the top 10 unchanged from last week.
With Mickelson choosing to skip the Match Play to spend time on a family vacation, Ernie Els is in the Arizona field as he is No. 65 in the ranking. If Paul Casey, or any other player, has to drop out of the event, then South African George Coetzee is next in the tournament. Coetzee finished T-5 in Dubai to gain 11 spots, to No. 66 in the word.