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Tiger Woods stretches lead over Vijay Singh

Tiger Woods has strengthened his grip at the top of the world rankings following his one-shot victory at the WGC-NEC Invitational in Akron, Ohio.

The 29-year-old American moved almost six points clear of second-placed Singh, a closing one-over-par 71 at Firestone Country Club having earned him his fifth PGA Tour title of the year.

U.S. Masters and British Open champion Woods, whose five-year reign as the game's leading player was ended by Singh last September, has a points average of 18.19 -- 5.98 ahead of the Fijian.

Phil Mickelson, winner of the U.S. PGA Championship at Baltusrol a week ago, and three-times major winner Ernie Els stayed third and fourth respectively.

In the only changes to the world's top 10, American Chris DiMarco climbed six spots to seventh and compatriot Kenny Perry one place to 10th, with Australia's Adam Scott slipping to eighth.

DiMarco, who lost to Woods in a playoff for the Masters in April, finished second at Firestone after carding a 68 while Perry tied for sixth after closing with a 74.

Another American, Vaughn Taylor, moved up 39 places to a career-high 91st in the global pecking order after retaining his title at the PGA Tour's Reno Tahoe Open at Montreux Golf and Country Club in Nevada on Sunday.

World ranking points are accumulated over a two-year period, with points awarded in the most recent 13-week spell doubled.

Each player is ranked according to his average points per tournament, points being weighted according to the status of the event and strength of the field.


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