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Westwood heading back to World Top 50

Britain's Lee Westwood has rocketed 50 places to 61st in the world rankings following his one-shot victory at the Dunhill Links Championship on Sunday.

The former European number one, who won his first tournament in three years at last month's BMW International Open, fired a closing 67 at St Andrews in Scotland, edging out world number two Ernie Els for the title.

Westwood, 30, who finished on 21-under-par 267, has improved his world ranking by 121 spots since the start of the year. He has also climbed to fourth in the European order of merit.

Els, who birdied the last two holes for a sparkling final round of 64, stays at number two in the global pecking order, behind the pacesetting Tiger Woods.

Woods, who has not played since his share of seventh at the Deutsche Bank Championship a month ago, extends his record run at number one to 215 consecutive weeks.

In the only changes this week to the world's top 10, 2001 U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen replaces Ireland's Padraig Harrington at nine.

In the United States, Tommy Armour III won the Texas Open in record-breaking style on Sunday and vaults 212 spots to 140th in the world.

Armour, who carded a closing 65 at LaCantera Golf Club in San Antonio, Texas, set a PGA Tour 72-hole scoring record. His total of 26-under-par 254 was two shots better than Mark Calcavecchia's 256 aggregate at the 2001 Phoenix Open.

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