Woods Has Firm Hold on No 1


Tiger Woods, who rolled to his sixth World Golf Championships victory at the American Express Championship on Sunday, remained firmly entrenched atop the World Golf Rankings.
With the 34th Ryder Cup matches on the docket for Woods this week, the top player in the world used a dominating performance in Ireland as preparation. Woods nearly completed the tournament without a bogey, but a dropped shot at the 72nd hole kept him from accomplishing the feat.
Phil Mickelson held on to his second-place ranking followed by Ernie Els. Els' fellow South African Retief Goosen fired a final-round 62 at the American Express Championship and moved to No. 4 in the world while Sergio Garcia, who also closed with a 62 at Mount Juliet Estate, dropped to fifth.
David Toms and Davis Love III, who each finished in the top 10 in Ireland last week, stayed put at sixth and seventh, respectively. Vijay Singh moved up one position to No. 8, followed by Padraig Harrington, who fell one to ninth. Jim Furyk rounded out the top 10.
Nick Price, David Duval and Michael Campbell held their rankings from last week. Justin Leonard climbed one spot to 14th, while Chris DiMarco dropped to 15th. They were followed by Bob Estes, who moved up three places to No. 16.
Colin Montgomerie remained in 17th followed by Rocco Mediate, who fell two spots to No. 18. Darren Clarke moved up one position to 19th, while Angel Cabrera climbed one place to round out the top 20.
K.J. Choi, who earned his second PGA Tour victory of the season at the Tampa Bay Classic on Sunday, went from 76th to 57th in this week's rankings.