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Westwood Kaymer battle for No 1 Tiger could drop to No 3

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Lee Westwood’s back in action at the Dubai World Championship this week looking to extend his reign at No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking to five consecutive weeks.

No. 3 Martin Kaymer’s also in the field and is the only player who can overtake Westwood for the top spot.

Kaymer must win or finish solo second to have a chance to move up to No. 1, according to European Tour world rankings guru Ian Barker. If Kaymer wins, Westwood must finish worse than a tie for second with one other player. If Kaymer finishes solo second, Westwood must finish outside the top 27. 

Kaymer can move up to No. 2 and bump Tiger Woods to No. 3. To do so, Kaymer must finish tied for fourth (with no more than two others) or better. Woods, of course, is not in the field.

The projections are based on this week's strength of field as of Monday. Withdrawals could change the projections.

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