Lee Westwood Knocks Tiger from Top Golfer in the World
After 281 straight weeks as the World's number one ranked golfer, Tiger Woods is no longer the best golfer in the world. Tiger has held the honor since June of 2005, almost five and a half years ago.
The new #1 ranked golfer in the world is Englishman, Lee Westwood. It's no surprise Tiger has been caught, Phil Mickelson had several chances to overtake the top spot this year and this weekend Martin Kaymer could have achieved the honor if he won the Andalucia Masters in Spain. Kaymer finished in a tie for 21st and Westwood, along with England, had reason to celebrate.
Westwood, now 37, has been suffering from and injury which kept him from competing in most events since the British Open. He becomes the 13th player to be the #1 golfer in the world since the rankings were introduced in 1986 and only the second European player to hold the honor (Nick Faldo was the other).
This weekend Woods, Kaymer and Mickelson will have the opportunity as they compete with Westwood in Shanghai for the WGC- HSBC Champions. This will be Mickelson's 13th straight tournament with an opportunity to take over the number one ranking in the world.