Tiger Regains No 1 World Ranking

By Sports NetworkApril 11, 2005, 4:00 pm
Tiger Woods regained the top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking following his fourth Masters title at Augusta National on Sunday.
Woods survived a sudden death playoff against Chris DiMarco to win his first major since the 2002 U.S. Open. Woods earned his ninth major championship and his 43rd victory overall on the PGA Tour.
Vijay Singh, the 2000 Masters winner, was relegated to the second spot in the rankings. Ernie Els remained at No. 3 followed by 2004 Masters champion Phil Mickelson. Two-time U.S. Open winner Retief Goosen was next at No. 5, while Padraig Harrington stayed put at No. 6.
DiMarco, who held the 36-hole lead at the Masters, was passed by Woods as the third round was completed Sunday morning, but put together a valiant comeback to force the playoff. DiMarco, who also lost in a playoff at last year's PGA Championship, vaulted to No. 7 in the world this week.
Sergio Garcia, David Toms and Adam Scott each dropped one spot to round out the top 10. Stewart Cink, who will defend his title at the MCI Heritage this week, fell one spot to No. 11. Mike Weir, the 2003 Masters winner, was down one spot to No. 12.
Luke Donald tied for third with Goosen at Augusta and jumped three spots to No. 13 this week. Davis Love III plunged to No. 14 followed by Kenny Perry, who fell one spot to No. 15. Stuart Appleby was next at No. 16, down three positions from last week.
Darren Clarke, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Chad Campbell all held their spaces from last week. U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Lehman was up one spot to complete the top 20.
Robert-Jan Derksen, who won the Madeira Island Open on the European Tour last week, rocketed from No. 290 to No. 194 in the world.
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