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Lee Westwood's slump continues

The final confirmation of what a bad year it has been for Lee Westwood came with the end-of-season review of the world rankings.

Westwood dropped from first to 52nd on the European Order of Merit.

And if the world rankings were based solely on this season rather than over a two-year period, his fall would have been even heavier.

Without a win since the Cisco World Match Play last October, Westwood has picked up just 48 ranking points in 2001 compared to the 568 of number one Tiger Woods.

It would have placed him outside the world's top 100 under a 12-month system, but his successes in 2000 mean he has slipped only from fourth to 29th.

Woods, despite being unable to make a successful defence of any of the three majors he won last year, still dominated the rankings again.

With seven worldwide victories including the Masters, where he became the first player to hold all four majors, Woods has now been number one for a record 124 successive weeks.

And that run is bound to continue well into 2002 despite his lead being reduced from 17.75 to 6.51 points by Phil Mickelson.

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