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Garcia moves up to 4th in World Rankings

Sergio Garcia, who won the U.S. Tour's season-opening Mercedes Championships in a play-off on Sunday, has climbed to a career-high fourth in the world rankings.

The Spaniard, who sank a 10-foot birdie putt at the first extra hole to edge out American David Toms for the title, moves up two places from his previous high in the year-end official global pecking order for 2001.

Garcia, who has set his sights on topping this season's money lists in both America and Europe, earned $720,000 for his third career victory on the U.S. Tour.

Toms, the reigning U.S. PGA champion, inches up from seventh into sixth place in the rankings while South Africa's U.S. Open winner Retief Goosen, who tied for 14th in Hawaii at the weekend, climbs from 10th to ninth.

In the only other changes in the world's top 10, Ernie Els drops from fourth to fifth, Davis Love III slips two spots to number seven and Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke, previously ninth, replaces Goosen at 10.


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