Furyk Cracks Top-10 in World Golf Rankings


Jim Furyk went to a seven-hole playoff with Tiger Woods at the NEC Invitational Sunday and although he did not come out victorious, he jumped four spots to ninth in the latest World Golf Rankings.
Woods won the NEC Invitational for a third consecutive year and held on to his No. 1 ranking. The win stopped a streak of five consecutive finishes outside the top-10 for Woods.
Phil Mickelson held on to second place, followed by David Duval, Ernie Els and Vijay Singh .
Davis Love III remained in sixth and Sergio Garcia, who is competing in this week's International Open on the European Tour, held on to seventh. The young Spaniard is playing on the European Tour this week because this event marks the last week for qualifying for the 10 automatic spots on the European Ryder Cup team and Garcia is currently 19th on the points list.
Darren Clarke finished alone in third at the NEC Invitational and jumped one place to No. 8.
Furyk, who will be representing the United States at the Belfry at the end of September, rose four places thanks to his epic playoff with Woods. Furyk won earlier this season at the Mercedes Championships.
David Toms, the PGA Championship winner, fell two spots to round out the top-10.
Colin Montgomerie fell one to 11th, followed by Mike Weir and Lee Westwood, who both dipped one notch as well.
Thomas Bjorn kept his 14th-place ranking from last week as he prepares to defend his title at the International Open.
Padraig Harrington stayed at 15th, while Retief Goosen vaulted up three spots to No. 16.
Hal Sutton dropped one to 17, followed by Michael Campbell and Scott Hoch. Mark Calcavecchia remained in 20th place.