Els Climbs Into Top-Three in World Golf Rankings


Ernie Els held off a surge by Tiger Woods in the final round of the Genuity Championship to win for the first time since 2000 on the PGA Tour. The win moved Els two spots to third in the latest World Golf Rankings.
Woods remained in first place, followed by Phil Mickelson, who returns to competitive golf this week at the Honda Classic after bowing out in the first round of the WGC - Match Play Championship two weeks ago.
David Duval, the reigning British Open champion, fell one to fourth as did Spain's Sergio Garcia, who dropped one place to round out the top-five in the world.
Reigning U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen held on to sixth, followed by PGA Championship winner David Toms, Vijay Singh, Davis Love III and Chris DiMarco.
Ireland's Padraig Harrington stayed in 11th place while Mike Weir and Jim Furyk also held on to their places from a week ago, with the Canadian taking 12th and the American finishing 13th for the week.
Bob Estes and Darren Clarke took 14th and 15th, respectively.
Germany's Bernhard Langer came in 16th this week while Kenny Perry and Scott Verplank switched places from last week. Perry was No. 17 while the American Ryder Cupper took 18th.
Paul Azinger, who finished in the top-four in the Match Play Championship, held on to 19th while Scott McCarron, who lost to Kevin Sutherland in the final match, entered the top-20 this week.
Japan's Toshi Izawa fell out of the top-20 when he came in 21st this week.
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