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World ranking shootout at Wentworth

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If you are in the grip of world rankings mania, there's more craziness this week.

If you loathe the world rankings, well, you won’t loathe them any less this week.

Luke Donald could miss the cut at this week’s BMW PGA Championship and still ascend to No. 1 for the first time in his career.

The world-rankings race is so tightly bunched at the top that divisors loom large in the two-year rollover window.

Just five hundredths of a point separate No. 1 Lee Westwood and No. 2 Donald.

European Tour officials are billing this week as a 'world rankings shootout' at the Wentworth Club. Here is what they've laid out as No. 1 scenarios: 

• Westwood, Donald and No. 3 Martin Kaymer all have the possibility of being No. 1 by week’s end.

• Kaymer can reclaim No. 1 with a victory or by finishing second with no more than one player. If Kaymer wins, Westwood or Donald would need to finish at least second to deny Kaymer.

• If Kaymer finishes outside the top two, the race for No. 1 is between Westwood and Donald.

• If Westwood finishes ahead of Donald, Westwood will remain No. 1, as long as Westwood finishes among the top 56. If Donald and Westwood tie at 45th or better, Westwood remains No. 1. If Donald and Westwood tie lower than 45th, Donald ascends. If neither earns any points, Donald also ascends.