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Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 12/ 5/2010

Tiger Woods won't regain No. 1 ranking, struggles in Chevron World Challenge

By Cindy Boren

He can't regain the world's top ranking and he isn't the PGA Player of the Year, but Tiger Woods is in position to win a tournament, something he has not done all year.

Woods leads the Chevron World Challenge, his Thousand Oaks, Calif., tournament by four strokes going into the final round (3 p.m., NBC). He shot a four-under-par 68 Saturday and leads (17-under 199) after 54 holes for the first time in 2010. (Video here.)

He cannot, however, regain the No. 1 ranking in the world, a spot he lost this fall after occupying it for 281 weeks. He needed to win the Chevron and hope that Lee Westwood lost the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa. Westwood won by eight strokes.

One other downer for Woods: Jim Furyk knocked him off the throne as PGA Player of the Year, an award Woods had won nine of the last 11 years. Furyk won three tournaments and had seven top-10 finishes.

By Cindy Boren  | December 5, 2010; 11:39 AM ET
Categories:  Tiger Woods  
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We wish Tiger good luck when he, his wife and girlfriends open those envelopes from county health. The chances of having Hep A, B, C, strep, staph, MRSA, HIV/AIDS, TB and some really bad diseases are really good.

Posted by: hurleyvision | December 5, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I love Tiger !!

Personal stuff aside ( not commendable, I admit ) ... Tiger is a great teacher for all who strive to be 'better' thatn they were the day before.

Posted by: StevenK3 | December 5, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Could Eldrick possibly be "husband and father of the year?"

Posted by: mortified469 | December 5, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

What an exciting finish. I'm glad Tiger is (almost) back. Hats off to McDowell's nerves of steel.

Posted by: PanhandleWilly | December 5, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Who cares. He needs to just go away.

Posted by: retabroad | December 5, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

How does having a 4-shot lead going into the final round = your headline of "struggles in Chevron World Challenge". I wish I could struggle like that.

Posted by: delt452 | December 6, 2010 7:05 AM | Report abuse

Personal problems aside, Tiger brought, and hopefully will again, excitement to the PGA. He is a fierce competitor and demonstrates what practice and hard work can do for your game. He will again win chamionships in what is perhaps the most frustrating game on earth.

Posted by: logan303 | December 6, 2010 7:57 AM | Report abuse

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