Kaymer leapfrogs Woods in rankings

Mon, 24 Jan 04:58:00 2011

Germany's Martin Kaymer has leapfrogged Tiger Woods into second place in the world rankings while American Phil Mickelson has dropped to fifth following the Abu Dhabi Championships.

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US PGA champion Kaymer won his first event of the new season, his third victory in four years at the tournament. He had needed only a top-seven finish in the UAE capital to usurp Woods in the rankings.

It means Europeans occupy the top two spots for the first time since 1993, with Kaymer slotting in behind Britain's Lee Westwood.

Eighteen years ago, it was also a Briton ahead of a German, when Nick Faldo topped the standings ahead of Bernhard Langer.

"It's going to be quite nice if I go to number two," Kaymer said before hearing confirmation of the news.

"I consider Tiger Woods the best player in the world or the best golfer that ever lived. And to be in front of him for one week or a month, that would make me happy for sure."

Graeme McDowell's third-place finish in the event leaves him out on his own in fourth place in the world rankings, a position that he shared with Mickelson prior to the tournament. Mickelson, who finished 37th in Abu Dhabi, slips to fifth and could drop lower after revealing that he is may skip next month's WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona.

Reuters

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