Woods falls out of top 20 in rankings


Tiger Woods fell one spot in the latest edition of the Official World Golf Ranking, knocking him out of the top 20 for the first time since January 1997.

Woods could end a near 2 ½-month playing hiatus at next week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, but his descent in the rankings is likely to continue as he will soon lose points based on a pair of 2009 victories and a runner-up finish at the ’09 PGA Championship.

The top seven players in the rankings remained the same: Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer, Rory McIlroy, Steve Stricker, Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson.

Masters champion Charl Schwartzel moved into the top 10, into ninth place, while Nick Watney dropped from 10th to 11th.

Sean O’Hair rose 54 spots, from 114th to 60th, courtesy his first PGA Tour win since 2009 at the RBC Canadian Open.

Alexander Noren jumped 22 places, to 70th, thanks to his victory at the Saab Wales Open.