Tiger Woods loses No. 2 spot in rankings to Luke Donald

Tiger_luke_abudhabi_2012Luke Donald has caught Tiger by the toe. With his win last week in Japan, the Brit narrowly surpassed Woods to claim the No. 2 spot in the official World Golf Rankings, which were updated on Monday.
Donald's average points -- the metric used by the rankings -- jumped to 9.06 after the win, whereas the inactive Woods fell to 9.00. Donald has a chance to up his lead, too: He'll play in the European Tour's season ending DP World Championship in Dubai this week, while Tiger is off until next week's World Challenge.
Both men trail Rory McIlroy by a sizeable margin -- McIlroy has 12.59 points -- but Donald and Woods are safely locked at 2-3 for the foreseeable future. Lee Westwood, the current No. 4, is well behind at 6.60 points.
Woods, McIlroy, Donald and Westwood have all spend time atop the world rankings. Donald held the No. 1 ranking for much of 2011, and traded the top spot with McIlroy for much of 2012 until McIlroy seized the ranking in August with his strong late-season play. Woods famously held the No. 1 ranking for a record 281 consecutive weeks (and 623 total weeks), but he has not been ranked No. 1 since Oct. 30, 2010, when Westwood overtook him. For a full look at the World Rankings, follow the link. [Photo: Tiger Woods and Luke Donald at the 2012 Abu Dhabi Championship in January 2012. Getty Images]

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by Kevin Cunningham