Lee Westwood To Take No.1 Ranking Over Tiger Woods By End Of October
October 11th, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

Tiger Woods has been flirting with losing his No.1 ranking in the world over the course of the last several months to a few different players.  Now however, it appears that he will surrender it to Lee Westwood, though it may not be for very long.

Westwood, the No.2 player in the world tabbed an 11th place finished Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.  If Woods does not play until the HSBC tournament beginning on November 4, Westwood will assume the top ranking based on points on October 31.

Woods has been ranked No.1 in the world since the week prior to the 2005 U.S Open, which was held at Pinehurst that year in which he finished second.  Today marks the 279th consecutive week has has been the top-ranked player, after losing it for a brief period to Vijay Singh in 2005.  Prior to that, he held the No.1 position for a similar time period.

Westwood will not play until the HSBC Championship due to an ankle injury, but will still take over the top spot.

“I haven’t had a chance to get it healed,” Westwood said. “Tried my hardest to get back to the Ryder Cup fully fit last week and got back to 80 percent, which I thought was good enough for the Ryder Cup with the adrenaline and all that.

“That was a tough week back and this is not an easy week, six-hour rounds and only two days off between finishing the Ryder Cup and starting here. Never going to be right, and it just got progressively more agitated and achy as the week’s gone on.”

His reign as the No.1 player may not be for very long however, as the HSBC Championship will provide the opportunity for Woods to regain it, along with players like Phil Mickelson and Martin Kaymer, all of whom have various scenarios in which they could achieve the golfing apex.

For the first time in his professional career, Woods has failed to win a tournament on the PGA tour in 2010.  He will get one more opportunity at the HSBC Championship, which is a PGA tour sanctioned event.

Woods also failed to qualify based on points for the 2010 Ryder Cup, but was a captain’s selection of Corey Pavin.  Woods tabbed a 3-1 record in the Ryder Cup, losing only an alternate shot match with Steve Stricker.  During his singles match with Francesco Molinari, Woods was nine under par through 15 holes, winning 4 and 3.

Currently USA Online Sportsbooks like Bodog are fielding Wagers on Woods’ Major success in 2011.

How many Majors will Tiger Woods win in 2011?

None  -188
One  +162
Two  +1000
Three  +3300
Four  +8000

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