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David Toms moves up to World No.8

Tiger Woods claimed his third worldwide victory of the season Sunday at the Ford Championship, further cementing his place at the top of the Official World Golf Rankings.

Woods increased his lead over second-ranked Vijay Singh of Fiji to 9.15 average points by defeating David Toms and Camilo Villegas of Colombia by a shot at Doral. And other than Toms' leapfrogging of Australian Adam Scott for the No. 8 spot in the world, there was no other change in the top 10.

Singh was followed by South Africans Retief Goosen and Ernie Els, and Phil Mickelson to round out the top five. Sergio Garcia of Spain remained sixth, trailed by Jim Furyk, Toms, Scott and Chris DiMarco.

Colin Montgomerie of Scotland held on to the 11th spot, but things changed a little after that. Luke Donald of England moved up to 12th, dropping fellow Englishman David Howell to 13, while Davis Love III and Michael Campbell of New Zealand remained 14th and 15th.

Rory Sabbatini of South Africa climbed two places to 16th, Kenny Perry was 17th again, and Henrik Stenson of Sweden and Chad Campbell moved up one spot apiece to 18th and 19th, respectively. Padraig Harrington of Ireland also moved up one slot to round out the top 20.

Making room for Harrington in the top 20 was Argentinean Angel Cabrera, who tumbled six places from 16th to 22nd this week.

Villegas' tie for second place at Doral moved him into the world top 100 at 95th.

March 7, 2006


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