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Phil Mickelson climbed four places to 12th in the official world rankings issued on Monday following his playoff victory in the Bob Hope Classic at the weekend.

The former world number two, who had not won on the PGA Tour for more than 18 months, edged out fellow American Skip Kendall at the first extra hole on Sunday after the pair had completed the regulation 90 holes 30-under-par 330.

Going into last week's event, the left-handed Mickelson had slipped to 16th in the world rankings from second at the end of 2002.

Kendall, who fired a closing round of seven-under-par 65 at PGA West, vaulted 54 spots in the rankings to a career-high 89, breaking into the top 100 for the first time.

Tour veteran Jay Haas, 50, improved eight places to 18th in the rankings after securing third place at the Bob Hope with a final-round 67.

World number one Tiger Woods, second-ranked Vijay Singh, Ernie Els, Davis Love III and U.S. Open champion Jim Furyk remained in the top five positions, although none of them played in last week's PGA Tour event.

Woods, who will make his second start of the season at next month's Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines, celebrates his record 233rd consecutive week as the game's leading player.

On the European Tour on Sunday, Germany's Marcel Siem clinched his maiden title at the Dunhill Championship in Johannesburg and rocketed 121 spots to a career-best 190th in the world.

The 23-year-old, who edged out Frenchman Raphael Jacquelin at the third extra hole, remained the third highest-ranked German in the rankings after Alex Cejka (47) and Europe's Ryder Cup captain Bernhard Langer (83).

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