Woods kept his margin over Phil Mickelson, who remained at No. 2, after a 16th place finish at the Buick Classic last weekend.
Sergio Garcia, who captured the Buick Classic by posting a 16-under 268, jumped three spots to fifth in the World Golf Rankings. The 21-year- old Spaniard joined Woods and Joe Durant as the only multiple winners on the PGA Tour in 2001. Garcia managed to hold off Scott Hoch, who posted a 13- under 271 to jump five spots from 34th to 29th.
Ernie Els stayed in third this week after he withdrew from the Buick Classic because of back pains. Vijay Singh remained in fourth while Davis Love III, who sat out the Buick Classic to rest a sore neck, stayed at sixth.
Lee Westwood fell two spots to seventh after he missed the cut at The Great North Open last weekend.
David Duval, who lost last year's Buick Classic in a playoff to Dennis Paulson, dropped to eighth after finishing 14 strokes off the lead this year.
Colin Montgomerie remained in ninth and Mike Weir moved to 10th after an exchange of positions with Hal Sutton. Tom Lehman moved up one spot to 12th ahead of Darren Clarke.
Jim Furyk kept his spot at 14th followed by Thomas Bjorn and Michael Campbell.
Nick Price, David Toms and Angel Cabrera held their positions at 17, 18 and 19, respectively, followed by Mark Calcavecchia who moved up two spots from 22nd to 20th.
Andrew Coltart, who posted his second career European Tour title by winning The Great North Open, vaulted from 87th to 72nd.
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