Goosen Climbs Two Spots Daly Cracks Top 50


South Africa's Retief Goosen, who continued his fine play with a commanding victory at the Johnnie Walker Classic this past week, climbed from ninth to seventh in the latest World Golf Rankings.
The 2001 U.S. Open champion earned his eighth career European Tour victory with a dominating performance in Perth, Australia. The 32-year-old finished eight shots ahead of his closest competitor, setting a European Tour record on the way with a 13-shot lead after 54 holes.

No. 1 Tiger Woods will tee it up at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am this week, his first action since tying for sixth place at the New Zealand Open two weeks ago.
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Bob Hope Chrysler Classic winner Phil Mickelson remained in second, followed by David Duval, Sergio Garcia, Ernie Els and David Toms. Duval pulled out of the Phoenix Open last week due to unspecified personal reasons.

Davis Love III, who will defend his title this week at Pebble Beach, dropped one spot to eighth, while Fiji's Vijay Singh fell one position to ninth. Mike Weir of Canada, the reigning Tour Championship winner, rounded out the top 10.

Chris DiMarco jumped six spots to 11th following his victory at the Phoenix Open. The 33-year-old earned his third victory on the PGA Tour by one stroke over Kenny Perry.

European and America Ryder Cup players occupied the next four spots with Darren Clark of Northern Ireland holding at 12th, followed by Ireland's Padraig Harrington. Jim Furyk of the American squad was 14th, while Germany's Bernhard Langer held on to 15th.

Perry, who has posted two top-10 finishes on the tour so far this year, was 16th. Scott Verplank, one of two captain's selections for the U.S. Ryder Cup team, was 17th followed by European Ryder Cupper Colin Montgomerie. Monty withdrew from the Johnnie Walker Classic this past week with what looked to be a serious back injury.

Toshi Izawa of Japan and Bob Estes rounded out the top 20.

Paul Azinger, the second of Curtis Strange's captain's picks for the Ryder Cup, moved up one spot to 27th.

No. 47 John Daly, who finished two shots behind DiMarco at the Phoenix Open for his first top-10 showing of the year, will need to hold a position inside the top 50 through the Honda Classic March 7-10 in order to earn an invitation to the Masters in April.

Daly began last season ranked 507th in the world. He steadily worked his way up the rankings with four top-10s on the 2001 PGA Tour and three top-threes on the European Tour, including a win at the BMW International Open in Germany last September for his first title since the 1995 British Open.

Daly was ranked 50th this past week.
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