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Duval new world no.2

LONDON -- David Duval doesn't get any bonus points for his 59.

The Official World Golf Ranking released today still has Tiger Woods at No. 1 with 11.58 points, although Duval is closing fast. He moved up one spot to No. 2 at 11.38 points after his final-round 59 on Sunday that gave him a one-shot victory in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.

It was Duval's second victory in as many starts this year, and the ninth in his past 28 tournaments.

"It's only a matter of time, really," said Tony Greer, an IMG manager who administers the weekly rankings. "But he's not quite No. 1. I only wish there had been a couple of more points available last week."

Points are administered over a two-year, rolling system in which they count double for the current year. The amount of points available each week is determined largely by the strength of field -- how many players in the top 10 or top 100 in the world rankings, plus how many players from the top 30 on the money list of that tour.

Because Duval was the only top-10 player in the Hope field, he received 52 points for winning. The field in the Phoenix Open this week -- which features, Duval, Woods, Vijay Singh and Jim Furyk -- is much stronger, and the winner likely will get about 60 points.

"If Duval wins this week, he can't help but go to No. 1, whatever Tiger does," Greer said.

Nick Faldo slipped to 64th in the rankings, one place lower and he'll miss the new World Championship evernt.

Full list of the world top 200 here

 

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