Woods sixth in world ranking with Bay Hill win


Tiger Woods is once again inside the top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking. With his 72nd career PGA Tour win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Woods improved a dozen spots to sixth. The ranking is Woods’ highest since April 24, 2011.

Runner-up Graeme McDowell improved four places to 13th, while third-place finisher Ian Poulter gained five spots to No. 24. With a T-15 finish, Jason Dufner gained six places to No. 31.

The top five in the world ranking remains unchanged as all did not compete this week. Luke Donald is first, ahead of Rory McIlroy by just .15 points. Lee Westwood is third by 2.26 points over Martin Kaymer.

In the race to remain in the top 50 to gain entry to the Masters, Ben Crane dropped a spot to No. 49 with Jim Furyk gaining four spots to 50th. Furyk was already in the Masters by finishing inside the top 50 at the end of 2011. Already a recipient of a special invitation from Augusta National, Ryo Ishikawa dropped two spots to No. 52.

Finishing in a seven-way tie for fourth place, Ernie Els gained four spots to No. 58. He needs to win in Houston next week to get into the Masters.

Matteo Manassero and Robert Rock could have qualified for the Masters with a win in Morocco. Manassero finished in a tie for sixth to remain at No. 61. Rock missed the cut to drop two spots to No. 59.