World rankings shakeup Kaymer rises Tiger and Lefty fall


The Bob Hope Classic isn’t in the books yet, but the newest Official World Golf Ranking’s top 10 is set and won’t be affected by what happens later today in the final round in Palm Springs, Calif.

Lee Westwood stays at No. 1, but the big news is that Martin Kaymer moves over Tiger Woods to No. 2 with Kaymer winning in an eight-shot romp at the Abu Dhabi Championship. Woods slips down to No. 3, his lowest ranking since Oct. 31, 2004, when he was behind No. 1 Vijay Singh and No. 2 Ernie Els.

Kaymer’s world-ranking move marks the first time Europeans have been No. 1-2 since July 18, 1993, when Nick Faldo was in the top spot and Bernhard Langer right behind him.

The other news is that Phil Mickelson slips to No. 6 in the world. He was No. 2 less than four months ago (Sept. 26, 2010). It's his lowest ranking in almost four years, since Feb. 4, 2007.

Kaymer finished 26 shots ahead of Westwood at Abu Dhabi.

Here's the new top 10: 1) Westwood; 2) Kaymer; 3) Woods; 4) Graeme McDowell; 5) Steve Stricker; 6) Mickelson; 7) Rory McIlroy; 8) Jim Furyk; 9) Paul Casey; 10) Luke Donald.

Notably, this marks the first time Woods ranks behind a player younger than he is since he first ascended to No. 1 more than a decade ago.

If Matt Kuchar wins at the Bob Hope, he'll move up to No. 11 in the world.

At the start of the ’08 season, the top four in the world rankings were all Americans (No. 1 Woods, No. 2 Mickelson, No. 3 Steve Stricker, No. 4 Jim Furyk). Today, three of the top four are Euros.