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Tiger Woods tumbles from golf's No. 1 ranking as Lee Westwood moves up

Tiger Woods is no longer the world's No. 1 golfer.

Englishman Lee Westwood moved into the top spot Sunday, becoming the first European in 16 years to be ranked first. Like Woods, Westwood didn't win a major tournament this year and he's only the fourth player to be No. 1 without doing so.

"Whenever you can sit down and say, 'I'm the best in the world right now,' it's a dream that everybody holds," Westwood said.

It wasn't exactly an exciting takeover by Westwood. He has finished only one tournament since the British Open because of a calf injury and he was destined to move up as long as Martin Kaymer, the PGA champion, didn't finish among he top two at the Andalucia Masters in Spain. Kaymer tied for 21st.

Woods was philosophical about his drop. He's lost the No. 1 ranking 10 times over his career, although he had held it for 281 weeks dating to 2005. "As far as the world ranking is concerned, yes, I'm not ranked No 1 in the world," Woods said. "In order to do that you have to win and I didn't win this year."

Westwood may not have a terribly long time to enjoy the spot. He'll play this week in the HSBC Champions in Shanghai, where he, Woods, Kaymer and Phil Mickelson will have a chance to be No. 1 in the world.

By Cindy Boren  | November 1, 2010; 9:47 AM ET
Categories:  Tiger Woods  
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