Woods Els Solidify 1-2 Rankings


PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- Tiger Woods made his first start in 2003 a good one, cruising to a four-shot victory over Carl Pettersson at the Buick Invitational Sunday.
The top-ranked golfer in the world returned to action after undergoing knee surgery in December. Woods showed no rust in capturing his second Buick Invitational title.
Tiger WoodsErnie Els continued his torrid pace with a win at the Johnnie Walker Classic to stay put in second place in the World Golf Rankings. The South African finished 10 shots clear of the field for his fourth title worldwide in 2003. Els was followed by Phil Mickelson, who played alongside Woods in the final group at Torrey Pines, and Vijay Singh.
Retief Goosen came in fifth followed by Sergio Garcia, David Toms and Davis Love III, who all held their positions from last week. Padraig Harrington remained in ninth place followed by Chris DiMarco and Jim Furyk.
Colin Montgomerie climbed one spot to 12th while Rocco Mediate moved up one to 13th. Nick Price dropped two spaces to No. 14.
Mike Weir, Robert Allenby and Justin Leonard each kept their rankings from last week. Bob Estes hopped one place to No. 18 while Michael Campbell fell to 19th.
Jerry Kelly climbed one position to round out the top-20.