Woods' OWGR lead his largest since 2010


If Rory McIlroy is to once again challenge Tiger Woods for the top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking, it might not be this year.

With his victory Sunday at The Players, Woods stretched his lead to 3.22 points in the latest world rankings, released Monday. It was his seventh title in his last 22 PGA Tour starts.

The 3.22-point advantage is his largest since April 4, 2010. World No. 3 Adam Scott is more than six world-ranking points behind Woods. 

Another crazy stat: Woods has gained more than 301 world-ranking points this season. Brandt Snedeker has gained the second-most points, with 146.

Even with the big world-ranking points at stake at TPC Sawgrass, there was only a minor fluctuation in the top 10: Snedeker and Luke Donald (now No. 6) flipping spots. 

David Lingmerth, the surprising challenger to Woods in the final round, finished in a tie for second and moved from No. 162 to No. 91 in the rankings. The other two players who shared second, Jeff Maggert and Kevin Streelman, also made significant moves.

Maggert, who next year is eligible for the Champions circuit, jumped from 429th to 152nd, while Streelman, who recorded his third consecutive top-10, moved up to No. 36 in the world. He ended 2012 as the 225th-ranked player.