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After Doral win, Woods closing in on world No. 1

Tiger Woods at the 2013 WGC-Cadillac Championship
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Tiger Woods didn’t reclaim the top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking on Sunday after his fifth victory in his last 19 PGA Tour stroke-play events.

But he’ll get there with another win. 

Woods, who hasn’t been ranked world No. 1 since Oct. 30, 2010, trails Rory McIlroy by less than a point after his impressive two-shot victory at the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral. Neither Woods nor McIlroy are in the field for this week’s event in Tampa, meaning that Tiger will have a chance to become world No. 1 only if he wins in his next start, at Bay Hill.

The top two may have stayed the same, but the second WGC event of the season caused a few shakeups in the rest of the top 10.

Semi-retirement continues to treat Steve Stricker well. Playing only the third event of his 11-tournament schedule, Stricker’s runner-up finish at Doral was his second of the season and vaulted the 46-year-old from No. 13 to No. 8 in the world. Phil Mickelson, who finished in a four-way tie for third, also rejoined the top 10, moving up from 12th.

As a result, Lee Westwood dropped out of the top 10 for the first time in 176 weeks. (The former world No. 1 slid to 11th.) World No. 3 Luke Donald now has the longest active streak, at 130 weeks.

The top 10: McIlroy, Woods, Donald, Brandt Snedeker, Justin Rose, Louis Oosthuizen, Adam Scott, Stricker, Kuchar and Mickelson.

Scott Brown, who earned a dramatic victory in the opposite-field event in Puerto Rico, rose from 291st to 160th in the world, while runner-up Jordan Spieth, 19, also made a significant move, going from 469th to 276th. The first-year pro is also in this week’s Tampa field.