Tiger Stays Firm No 1 Love Moves into Fourth

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World RankingsTiger Woods defeated Davis Love III, 3 and 2, in the finals of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship on Sunday to solidify his position atop the Official World Golf Rankings.
 
With the gap between Woods and second-ranked Vijay Singh closing by the week, when the rankings were announced Monday, Woods found himself back in a more than comfortable position as the world No. 1 after he successfully defended his title at La Costa.
 
Singh, who was bounced from the Match Play in the second round by Jerry Kelly, held onto the second-place ranking followed by Ernie Els, who stayed put from last week at No. 3.
 
Love exchanged positions with Mike Weir following his runner-up finish at the Match Play event to move up to No. 4, with the Canadian falling to No. 5.
 
Reigning U.S. Open champion Jim Furyk, Retief Goosen, Phil Mickelson, Kenny Perry and Stuart Appleby all held their rankings from last week to round out the top-10.
 
Padraig Harrington, the top-ranked European player, moved up one position to 11th, with David Toms dropping one spot to No. 12. Darren Clarke followed at No. 13, while Jonathan Kaye, Chad Campbell, Robert Allenby, Nick Price and Fredrik Jacobson all stayed put from 14th to 18th.
 
Chris DiMarco climbed four spots to come in at No. 19 this week, while Shigeki Maruyama jumped two spaces to complete the top-20.
 
Heath Slocum held off Aaron Baddeley on Sunday to win the Chrysler Classic of Tucson. The victory, Slocum's first on the PGA Tour, vaulted him 60 spots in this week's rankings to No. 134.