Els Inches Closer to Tiger in Rankings

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Mark Hensby defeated John E. Morgan in a thrilling playoff Sunday at the John Deere Classic for his first career victory on the PGA Tour.
 
Hensby used a par on the second playoff hole, the par-three 16th, for the win. The victory moved Hensby up to No. 59 in the rankings and also granted the Australian an exemption into the British Open. However, Hensby declined the opportunity to compete in the third major of the year.
 
Tiger Woods heads into another major looking for his first grand slam win since the 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage. He maintains the top spot in the rankings, but second-ranked Ernie Els is closing in and should the South African win this week at Troon it could spell trouble for Woods, who has held the top spot in the rankings for 257 straight weeks.
 
Vijay Singh, Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III, Retief Goosen, Mike Weir, Padraig Harrington, Jim Furyk and Sergio Garcia all held their rankings from last week.
 
Adam Scott moved up two positions to No. 11 while Kenny Perry dropped one spot to No. 12. Chad Campbell is up one to No. 13 followed by Stuart Appleby, who fell two spaces to come in at No. 14 this week.
 
Darren Clarke, who will look to win his first major at Troon this week, stayed put at No. 15. David Toms, Stephen Ames, Fred Couples, Scott Verplank and Jay Haas also held onto their rankings from last week.
 
Thomas Levet vaulted into the top 100 with a victory at the Scottish Open. The Frenchman advanced to No. 64 in the world and earned a spot in the British Open courtesy of his win at Loch Lomond.
 
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