Sergio Cracks Top Five in the World Golf Rankings


Sergio Garcia's playoff victory over David Toms at the PGA Tour's season-opening Mercedes Championships moved the young Spaniard two places up to No. 4 in the latest World Golf Rankings.
Tiger Woods, who tied for 10th in Hawaii, remained comfortably in first place. Woods will play this week in the New Zealand Open despite a threatening letter containing cyanide that was sent to the U.S. Embassy in that country.
Phil Mickelson kept his second spot despite not being seen in the golfing world in months to be with his family after the birth of his second daughter in October. David Duval held on to third.
Garcia's eight-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole gave him his third win on the PGA Tour and allowed him to jump to fourth. Ernie Els dropped one place to round out the top five.
Toms, the reigning PGA champion, jumped one spot to sixth, followed by Davis Love III, who dipped two notches to seven.
Vijay Singh held on to eighth while current U.S. Open champ Retief Goosen switched places with Darren Clarke to come in ninth and 10th, respectively.
Padraig Harrington and Mike Weir stayed in 11th and 12th, followed by Jim Furyk, who rose to No. 13 after a fourth-place finish at the Mercedes Championships.
Germany's Bernhard Langer and fellow Ryder Cupper Colin Montgomerie each fell one to 14th and 15th, respectively.
Scott Verplank and Toshi Izawa switched places this week, with the American taking 16th and Izawa coming in at 17.
Bob Estes, Jose Coceres and Chris DiMarco all maintained their previous rankings of 18th, 19th and 20th.
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