Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Westwood tightens grip on top spot in world rankings

Lee Westwood won for the second straight week and that helped him strengthen his grip atop the latest world golf rankings.

Westwood's lead over No. 2 Martin Kaymer moved from 0.13 average points to 0.67 average points. The top two were unchanged from last week as were the next three spots with No. 3 Luke Donald again followed by Phil Mickelson and Graeme McDowell.

Rory McIlroy, who will defend his title at Quail Hollow this week, and Tiger Woods exchanged places with McIlroy up to sixth. Paul Casey and Steve Stricker remained eighth and ninth.

Bubba Watson was a playoff winner at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and that helped him jump six spots to No. 10. He knocked Matt Kuchar, Charl Schwartzel, Dustin Johnson, Jim Furyk, Nick Watney and Ernie Els down one spot apiece.

Adam Scott and Ian Poulter flip-flopped spots with Scott inching up to 17th. Francesco Molinari and Hunter Mahan rounded out the top 20 again this week.

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