Leonard Vaults Up 17 spots in World Golf Rankings


Justin Leonard, who earned his seventh career win on the PGA Tour at the WorldCom Classic Sunday, vaulted up 17 spots to come in at No. 23 in the latest World Golf Rankings.
Leonard set a 54-hole scoring record at the WorldCom Classic before struggling to a two-over 73 in the final round. Despite not birdieing a single hole on Sunday, Leonard held on for his first victory at Harbour Town Golf Links.
The top eight players in the rankings held their positions with Tiger Woods the clear No. 1. The three-time Masters champion was followed by Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Sergio Garcia, David Duval and Vijay Singh.
Davis Love III returned to the top 10 after finishing tied for fifth at the WorldCom Classic. Love opened the tournament with a sizzling, nine-under 62 and went on to his first top-10 finish in 2002.
Chris DiMarco rounded out the top 10 while Padraig Harrington fell two spots to No. 11. Harrington defeated Jose Maria Olazabal, 3 and 2, in the singles matches Sunday at The Seve Trophy to help carry his Great Britain & Ireland team to victory.
Mike Weir exchanged positions with Darren Clarke to come in at No. 12. Olazabal held on to this 14th-place ranking.
Bernhard Langer, who finished alone in fourth place at the WorldCom Classic, jumped four spots to 15th. Scott Verplank, who was tied with Love at the WorldCom Classic, climbed five spots to No. 16.
Rocco Mediate fell two positions to 17th while Jim Furyk moved up two places to No. 18. Kenny Perry dropped two spots to 19th while Bob Estes dropped two rungs to round out the top 20.
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