Rankings: Woods still on top

Eurosport - Mon, 08 Feb 15:46:00 2010

The absent Tiger Woods still has an iron grip on the world number one spot despite Steve Stricker's charge up the rankings.

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Woods still has nearly double the average ranking points that Stricker has and, considering that even winning a Major boosts a player's average by around two points, even a Masters victory for the new world number two would leave him well short of the great man.

Don't rule it out happening later in the season, though, since these things can change fairly quickly: once we get past March, Woods could start losing some of the points that he picked up at the same stage last season.

Seeing players move up and down so much does happen: it's just 15 months since Spain's Sergio Garcia overhauled Mickelson to go second in the rankings, but El Nino's relatively poor form since then has kept him out of the world's top 10 since before Christmas.

Rory McIlroy's finish in a tie for sixth in Dubai has lifted him up to seventh in the world, while Miguel Angel Jimenez's win sees him jump up to number 30 from 60th.

Amazingly, Tom Watson is on the verge of returning to the world's top 100 players even though he would now qualify for a free bus pass (if he lived in Britain, at least).

The 60-year-old stunned the world with his near-miss at The Open last summer, and he proved that the result was no fluke as he finished tied for eighth in Dubai to rise to number 105 in the world.

Watson is even hamstrung by the minimum 40-event rule: ignoring that stipulation, his true points average per tournament is actually 11.82 - which would make him, not Steve Stricker, the world number two!

World rankings (last week's position in brackets):

 1. (1)  Tiger Woods,  USA - 13.10 

 2. (3)  Steve Stricker,  USA - 7.91 

 3. (2)  Phil Mickelson,  USA - 7.63 

 4. (4)  Lee Westwood,  England - 7.01 

 5. (5)  Jim Furyk,  USA - 5.40 

 6. (6)  Martin Kaymer,  Germany - 5.36 

 7. (9)  Rory McIlroy,  Northern Ireland - 5.15 

 8. (7)  Paul Casey,  England - 5.12 

 9. (10)  Henrik Stenson,  Sweden - 5.05 

 10. (8)  Padraig Harrington,  Ireland - 5.03 

 11. (11)  Ian Poulter,  England - 4.98 

 12. (12)  Geoff Ogilvy,  Australia - 4.88 

 13. (13)  Kenny Perry,  USA - 4.51 

 14. (15)  Robert Allenby,  Australia - 4.21 

 15. (14)  Sergio Garcia,  Spain - 4.19 

 16. (16)  Sean O'Hair,  USA - 4.09 

 17. (20)  Ernie Els,  South Africa - 4.02 

 18. (17)  Robert Karlsson,  Sweden - 3.99 

 19. (21)  Ross Fisher,  England - 3.98 

 20. (18)  Retief Goosen,  South Africa - 3.94 

Ryder Cup standings:

Europe: World points list (top five qualify):

1. Lee Westwood - 196.96

2. Rory McIlroy - 142.76

3. Ian Poulter - 111.52

4. Martin Kaymer - 104.98

5. Padraig Harrington - 102.75

Europe: European points list (top five excluding World list top five qualify):

1. Lee Westwood - 1920576.24

2. Rory McIlroy - 1335904.52

3. Ross McGowan - 1104767.56

4. Ian Poulter - 927415.98

5. Simon Dyson - 893738.40

6. Alexander Noren - 771353.19

7. Martin Kaymer - 728852.66

8. Ross Fisher - 672419.28

9. Francesco Molinari - 658554.72

10. Oliver Wilson - 625400.67]

USA Points list (top eight qualify):

1. Steve Stricker - 2,023.530

2. Lucas Glover - 1,907.200

3. Stewart Cink - 1,525.017

4. Tiger Woods - 1,286.163

5. Ryan Palmer - 1,007.000

6. Ben Crane - 986.773

7. Phil Mickelson - 968.210

8. Kenny Perry - 943.277

9. Bill Haas - 923.850

10. Matt Kuchar - 866.076

European Tour Race to Dubai:

1. Charl Schwartzel (South Africa) - 525,013 euros

2. Martin Kaymer (Germany) - 344,970

3. Robert Karlsson (Sweden) - 308,063

4. Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spain) - 300,300

5. Lee Westwood (England) - 297,177

6. Alvaro Quiros (Spain) - 280,906

7. Pablo Martin (Spain) - 200,379

8. Anders Hansen (Denmark) - 189,689

9. Edoardo Molinari (Italy) - 177,391

10. Richie Ramsay (Scotland) - 171,279

US Tour money list (US unless stated):

1. Steve Stricker- $1,686,000

2. Geoff Ogilvy (Australia) - $1,120,000

3. Ryan Palmer - $1,007,000

4. Ben Crane - $965,660

5. Bill Haas - $923,850

6. Matt Kuchar - $866,076

7. Robert Allenby (Australia) - $766,640

8. Luke Donald (England) - $704,521

9. Rory Sabbatini (South Africa) - $679,940

10. Brandt Snedeker - $577,476

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