Howell came in 20th this week, knocking Rocco Mediate out of the top-20. Mediate dropped four places to 24th, the ranking Howell held last week.
Tiger Woods spent his 174th consecutive week in the top spot. Woods may miss the 2003 season-opening Mercedes Championships after a surgical procedure on his ailing knee last week.
Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia and Retief Goosen remained in their spots from last week. David Toms, who teamed with Mickelson to take second place at the WGC-EMC World Cup, took sixth this week, followed by Vijay Singh, Padraig Harrington, Davis Love III and Colin Montgomerie.
Nick Price stayed in the 11th spot this week, Chris DiMarco held on to 12th and Jim Furyk remained 13th. Angel Cabrera once again took 14th while former No. 1 David Duval claimed 15th.
Bernhard Langer, who was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame last month, moved up one place to 16th. Justin Leonard also jumped one spot to No. 17, followed by Scott Hoch, who dipped two rungs to 18.
Michael Campbell stayed pat at No. 19 and Howell rounded out the top-20.
2003 PGA Tour Schedule