Gogel Makes Big Jump in Latest World Rankings


Matt Gogel earned redemption at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am last week, capturing the title that eluded him two years before and jumping him from over the top-100 to 61st in the latest World Golf Rankings.
Gogel birdied No. 18 while Pat Perez triple-bogeyed the hole, giving Gogel his first PGA Tour victory and erasing the bad memory of 2000 when Tiger Woods overcame a seven-shot deficit on the back nine and took the title from him.
Speaking of Tiger Woods, the Orlando, Fla., resident failed to contend at Pebble Beach over the weekend, but remained comfortably first in the rankings.
Phil Mickelson will look for the three-peat this week at the Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines. Last year, he bested Frank Lickliter in an odd playoff that saw him win with a double-bogey on the third playoff hole and this week, he heads into the tournament as the No. 2 player in the world.
David Duval, Sergio Garcia and Ernie Els, who captured the Heineken Classic on the European Tour last week, maintained their rankings from last week with the American taking third, the Spaniard fourth and the South African rounding out the top five.
Two major champions from 2001 took sixth and seventh as PGA champion David Toms came in sixth and U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen finished one place lower.
Davis Love III and Vijay Singh held their rankings from last week, eighth and ninth, respectively.
Ireland's Padraig Harrington jumped three spots to No. 10 while Chris DiMarco held on to 11. Mike Weir fell out of the top 10 to No. 12 this week and Darren Clarke also dropped this week, falling one to 13.
Jim Furyk, Bernhard Langer, Kenny Perry and Scott Verplank all kept their places from last week, taking 14-17.
Toshi Izawa and Colin Montgomerie switched rankings from last week with Izawa coming in 18th and the Scotsman dropping to 19th. Montgomerie has not played recently due to back problems, but the injury was not as severe as expected and Monty should return to action soon.
Bob Estes completed the top 20 for the second week in a row.
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