Tiger Woods may have failed to make a run at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, but he still remains comfortably on top in the rankings. Woods finished tied for 25th at the British Open, his worst showing in a major since a joint 29th at the 1997 PGA Championship.
Phil Mickelson failed to pose a threat at the British Open but remained in second place.
Duval is the only other player besides Woods to occupy the top spot in the World Golf Rankings in the last three years. His third-place ranking meant that two-time U.S. Open champion Ernie Els, who tied for third at Royal Lytham, fell one to fourth.
Vijay Singh, Davis Love III and Sergio Garcia each dropped one notch to fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively.
Darren Clarke also shared third at the Open and he moved up one to No. 8, switching places with his good friend,Lee Westwood.
Colin Montgomerie looked poised to shake the tag of being one of the best players never to win a major championship. He held the lead after the first and second rounds but never made a move on the weekend when others were passing him by.
Monty did return to the top-10 after a one-week absence as he came in at No. 10.
Mike Weir held on to his 11th-place ranking of a week ago, followed by Hal Sutton, who climbed one spot to 12th, despite missing the British Open with back problems.
Thomas Bjorn missed the cut at the season's third major and fell three to 13th.
Michael Campbell and Padraig Harrington switched places from a week ago, with Campbell moving to 14th and the Irishman dropping to 15.
Jim Furyk rose one to 16 despite failing to qualify for the weekend at the British Open, while Retief Goosen jumped two places to 17.
High finishes by Jesper Parnevik and Nick Price brought the veterans back into the top-20 this week. The colorful Swede came in 18th while the former British Open champion was ranked 19th.
Tom Lehman, who won the last British Open at Royal Lytham in 1996, missed the cut in this year's edition and dipped four to No. 20.
Scott Hoch and David Toms both fell out of the top-20 after both players missed the cut on Friday.
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