US Holds Top-Four Spots in Latest World Golf Rankings


Davis Love III continued his stretch of fine play finishing in second place at the National Car Rental Golf Classic with a score of 22-under 266. The result was good enough to move him into fourth in the latest World Golf Rankings.
Love trails the other three top American players with one event remaining before the Tour Championship. Tiger Woods retained his top-ranked position, followed by Phil Mickelson and David Duval. Duval is expected to defend his Buick Challenge title this week.
Ernie Els dropped from fourth to fifth after finishing one stroke off the lead at the inaugural Alfred Dunhill Links Championship this weekend. He is followed by Fiji's Vijay Singh, Sergio Garcia of Spain, and PGA Championship winner Davis Toms.
Darren Clarke and Colin Montgomerie rounded out the top-10.
American Ryder Cupper Scott Verplank climbed two spots to 11th, followed by European Ryder Cup member Bernhard Langer.
U.S. Open winner, and current Order of Merit leader, Retief Goosen exchanged positions with Jim Furyk. Padraig Harrington held his rank at 15th, followed by National Car Rental Golf Classic winner Jose Coceres. Coceres vaulted 24 spots after winning for the second time this year on the PGA Tour.
Scott Hoch and Mike Weir each dropped one spot to move to 17th and 18th. Mark Calcavecchia held his position at 19, followed by Thomas Bjorn, who dropped two shots to round out the top-20.
Tom Lehman fell out of the top-20. He moved to 22nd, just behind Paul Azinger, who climbed one spot to 21st.
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