Golf Today Home Page All the latest golf news Coverage of all the worlds major tours For all your golfing needs Golf Course Directory Out on the course Golf related travel Whats going on
Worldwide Feature Articles
Faldo holds onto 65th place from hotel room

With Jumbo Ozaki unlikely to play, 65th place in this week's Official World Golf Ranking is probably going to be the cutoff for playing in the Andersen Consulting World Match Play Championship in two weeks.

Nick Faldo held that spot last week despite missing the cut in Dubai.

His nearest challengers just failed to overtake him. First Greg Turner in the Ericsson Masters, then Per-Ulrik Johansson in the Dubai Desert Classic and finally David Toms in the Buick Invitational all came within one or two shots of overtaking Faldo.

If Ozaki is the only withdrawl, the match of No. 1 vs. No. 65 will feature Tiger Woods vs. Faldo.

Woods won the Buick Invitational on the PGA Tour with an eagle putt on the final hole to move 1.2 points clear of David Duval at the top of the World Ranking.

David Howell won the Dubai Desert Classic for his first victory on the European Tour moving up 68 places in the latest World Ranking to 101st position.

Craig Spence held off Greg Norman to win the Ericsson Masters on the PGA Tour of Australasia to move into the World Ranking Top-200 for the first time in 189th position.

Desvonde Botes won the South African Masters on the Southern Africa PGA Tour but remains outside the World Ranking Top-200 in 256th position.

Assuming the only withdrawel prior to the opening matches is the eldest Ozaki brother, following would be the first round matches:

1. Tiger Woods vs. 65. Nick Faldo
2. David Duval vs. 64. Stephen Leaney
3. Mark O'Meara vs. 63. Michael Bradley
4. Davis Love vs. 62. Steve Pate
5. Lee Westwood vs. 61. Eduardo Romero
6. Colin Montgomerie vs. 59. Craig Stadler
7. Ernie Els vs. 60. Paul Azinger
8. Vijay Singh vs. 58. Rocco Mediate
9. Nick Price vs. 57. Frankie Minoza
10. Justin Leonard vs. 56. Miguel Angel Jiménez
11. Jim Furyk vs. 55. Patrik Sjöland
12. Phil Mickelson vs. 54. Joe Ozaki
13. Fred Couples vs. 53. Dudley Hart
15. Steve Elkington vs. 52. Steve Jones
16. Darren Clarke vs. 51. Andrew Magee
17. Jesper Parnevik vs. 50. Craig Parry
18. Payne Stewart vs. 49. Stewart Cink
19. Brian Watts vs. 48. Thomas Bjørn
20. Tom Lehman vs. 47. Scott Verplank
21. Scott Hoch vs. 46. Ian Woosnam
22. Lee Janzen vs. 45. Glen Day
23. Mark Calcavecchia vs. 44. Carlos Franco
24. Steve Stricker vs. 43. Shigeki Maruyama
25. Jeff Maggertt vs. 42. Fred Funk
26. Bernhard Langer vs. 41. Brad Faxon
27. Hal Sutton vs. 40. Loren Roberts
28. John Huston vs. 39. Bob Estes
29. Greg Norman vs. 38. John Cook
30. Jeff Sluman vs. 37. Brandt Jobe
31. José Maria Olazábal vs. 36. Billy Mayfair
32. Stuart Appleby vs. 35. Bill Glasson
33. Tom Watson vs. 34. Bob Tway