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Shaun Micheel rose 123 places to 46th in the world golf rankings on Monday after his surprise victory in the U.S. PGA championship at the weekend.

The 34-year-old American journeyman became the seventh player to win the tournament at the first attempt when he won his maiden PGA Tour title by two shots on Sunday.

Fellow American Chad Campbell, who finished second, rose to 26th in the rankings from 58th.

South African Ernie Els, who shared fifth place at Rochester, stayed second in the rankings behind American Tiger Woods, who completed his first season without a major victory since 1998.

All four majors have been won this year by first-timers.

Mike Weir, who won the Masters, has risen to sixth in the rankings from 46th at the end of last year, while Jim Furyk (U.S. Open) is fourth after being 11th at end-2002.

Ben Curtis, the British Open winner, is 35th after ending last year in 1,269th place. Micheel was 245th in the rankings at the end of 2002.

Leading world golf rankings issued on Monday (U.S. unless stated, previous ranking in brackets): 1. (1) Tiger Woods 16.48 points average 2. (2) Ernie Els (South Africa) 9.63 3. (3) Davis Love III 8.47 4. (5) Jim Furyk 8.19 5. (4) Vijay Singh (Fiji) 8.17 6. (6) Mike Weir (Canada) 7.77 7. (8) Kenny Perry 6.48 8. (7) David Toms 6.26 9. (9) Padraig Harrington (Ireland) 5.84 10. (10) Phil Mickelson 5.75 11. (11) Nick Price (Zimbabwe) 5.43 12. (12) Retief Goosen (South Africa) 5.17 13. (13) Justin Leonard 4.18 14. (14) Chris DiMarco 3.99 15. (16) Sergio Garcia (Spain) 3.67 16. (15) Robert Allenby (Australia) 3.65 17. (19) Darren Clarke (Britain) 3.40 18. (17) Thomas Bjorn (Denmark) 3.40 19. (27) Jay Haas 3.40 20. (20) Bob Estes 3.2


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