Smith Soars to 57th in World Golf Rankings


Chris Smith, who earned his maiden victory on the PGA Tour at the Buick Classic Sunday, soared 92 spots to come in at No. 57 in the latest edition of the World Golf Rankings.
Smith had battled for that first victory. He earned his first full year exemption on the PGA Tour after finishing seventh on the Buy.Com money list in 1995. With the win at Westchester Country Club, Smith became the ninth first-time winner on tour this year.
The top 10 players in the world remained cemented in their rankings as they gear up for the 102nd U.S. Open at Bethpage State Park's Black Course.
Tiger Woods, who will try to win his second major of the season with aspirations of a possible single-season grand slam, held the top spot with a comfortable margin over Phil Mickelson. Two-time U.S. Open winner Ernie Els followed in third, while fellow countryman and reigning U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen was fourth.
Sergio Garcia will take his long-hitting game to Farmingdale, N.Y., in search of his first major. The young Spaniard stayed put at No. 5 in the rankings. The 2001 PGA Championship winner, David Toms, was sixth, followed by David Duval, the reigning British Open champion.
Vijay Singh, winner of two majors, came in at No. 8 while 2002 Memorial victor Jim Furyk was ninth. Chris DiMarco rounded out the top 10.
Three-time major winner Nick Price held on to the 11th position. He was followed by 1997 PGA Championship winner Davis Love III, who moved up one spot to 12th.
Padraig Harrington fell one place to 13th, while fellow European Ryder Cup teammate Darren Clarke jumped four positions to No. 14 following his win at the English Open.
Rocco Mediate climbed two spots to No. 15, followed by Colin Montgomerie, who stayed put at 16th.
Angel Cabrera dropped two places to come in at No. 17 while Bob Estes, who won the Kemper Open two weeks ago, fell four spots to No. 18.
Kenny Perry held on to No. 19 from last week while 2001 Tour Championship winner Mike Weir remained at No. 20.
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