Hoch Jumps Up to 12th in World Rankings


PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- Scott Hoch jumped nine spots to No. 12 in the latest World Golf Rankings following his playoff victory at the Ford Championship at Doral Monday.
Hoch finished regulation tied for the lead with Jim Furyk. The duo played the first playoff hole on Sunday but darkness kept them from completing the second hole.
Both players returned to the Blue Course at Doral Resort and Spa Monday morning and Hoch took the title with a birdie at the third extra hole. Hoch earned his 11th career title on the PGA Tour at the age of 47.
Tiger Woods, who decided not to play the Dubai Desert Classic last week, stayed well ahead in the rankings with the No. 1 spot. He was followed by South Africa's Ernie Els, who lost to the unheralded Dutchman Robert Jan- Derksen in Dubai on Sunday.
Phil Mickelson held on to third while Vijay Singh stayed put in fourth. Retief Goosen, David Toms, Davis Love III, Sergio Garcia, Mike Weir and Padraig Harrington all kept their positions from last week to round out the top 10.
Furyk, who was victorious at Doral in 2000, moved up two places to No. 11. He was followed by Hoch and Nick Price, who dropped two spots to 13th.
Chris DiMarco fell two places to 14th while Rocco Mediate dropped one to No. 15. Charles Howell III stayed put at No. 16 followed by Colin Montgomerie, who lost ground to fall to No. 17.
Robert Allenby came in at No. 18 this week with Jerry Kelly and Justin Leonard completing the top 20.
Derksen, who secured his first career title on the European Tour with a decisive birdie at the par-five 18th in Dubai, skyrocketed 381 spots this week to come in at No. 212.