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Woods falls to 12th in latest world golf ranking

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It’s official: Tiger Woods is out of the top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time since the week before the 1997 Masters.

In the ranking published on Sunday night, Woods fell four spots from No. 8 to No. 12. It’s no surprise Woods fell outside of the top 10 – it was known earlier in the week. But perhaps a staggering sign of the fall is that Woods has lost more world ranking points in 2011 from expiring finishes in tournaments from 2009 than all but three players in the world have earned in 2011.

Luke Donald remains second in the ranking, now just 0.05 of a point behind No. 1 Lee Westwood. The top six remained the same, but Charl Schwartzel moved up five places from 12th to seventh in the ranking. Steve Stricker dropped into Woods’ former spot at eighth. 

Volvo World Match Play Championship winner Ian Poulter moved up to 14th from 22nd. David Toms moved up another 18 places this week after his win at the Crowne Plaza Invitational, going from 46th to 28th. Two weeks ago, Toms was 75th.