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Fiji's Vijay Singh, whose golden run of form continued with his eighth victory of the year at the Pennsylvania Classic on Sunday, has moved two points clear of Tiger Woods at the top of the official world rankings.

Singh, who deposed Woods as the game's leading player after winning the Deutsche Bank Championship three weeks ago, has won five times in his last six PGA Tour starts to boost his points average to 14.02.

The 41-year-old Fijian, winner of last month's U.S. PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, led from start to finish at the mountaintop Mystic Rock Course to secure the 23rd PGA Tour title of his career.

A closing 69 earned him a cheque for $756,000 and lifted his 2004 earnings to $9,455,566 from 26 events, breaking the previous season record set by Woods in 2000.

Woods, who monopolised the world rankings for a record 264 consecutive weeks before being dislodged by Singh, did not compete at last week's event.

The eight-times major winner said he was tired after playing for the losing United States team at this month's Ryder Cup against Europe and wanted a break before defending his title at this week's WGC-American Express Championship in Ireland.

In the only change to the world's top five, U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen replaced Davis Love III at five, with the American slipping to six.

Goosen's fellow South African Ernie Els remains at three with U.S. Masters champion Phil Mickelson staying at four.

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