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Few changes in this weeks World Rankings

The first seven golfers held their positions for the second straight week in the official World Golf Ranking.

Tiger Woods, who will look to defend his PGA Championship title in 10 days at the Atlanta Athletic Club, remained firmly ensconced in first place, followed by Phil Mickelson and British Open champion David Duval.

Fourth-ranked Ernie Els tied for third in defense of his International title this past weekend, his fifth third-place showing of the season. No. 5 Vijay Singh, who also tied for third at Castle Pines Golf Club, recorded his eighth top-five finish of the 2001 campaign.

Davis Love III stayed in sixth place and Sergio Garcia remained in seventh.

On the heels of his second victory of the season, Scotland's Colin Montgomerie vaulted two spots to eighth place, pushing fellow European Tour stars Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland and England's Lee Westwood back to ninth and 10th.

Monty, who won his third Irish Open title in July, became the first three-time winner of the Scandinavian Masters on Sunday.

Mike Weir remained in 11th place, while Denmark's Thomas Bjorn and Hal Sutton traded the 12th and 13th spots. Ireland's Padraig Harrington moved up one to 14th in an exchange of positions with Michael Campbell of New Zealand.

Retief Goosen, who followed his U.S. Open triumph with a win at the Scottish Open three weeks ago, jumped from 18th to 16th. The South African will make his debut as a member of the PGA Tour this week at the Buick Open in Michigan.

Tom Lehman advanced three places to 17th, while Jim Furyk and Nick Price each dropped two spots to 18th and 19th, respectively.

David Toms improved his position by one to No. 20.

 


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