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Tiger Woods falls to No. 3 ranking in the world

January 23, 2011 | 11:57 am

Tigerwoods_300 Tiger Woods is not even No. 2 in the world golf rankings.

He has dropped to No. 3 after Martin Kaymer won in Abu Dhabi and overtook him for the No. 2 spot. Lee Westwood is ranked No. 1.

Kaymer has been No. 3 but advanced by winning the European Tour event by eight strokes in his first tournament this year. Woods begins his 2011 season on Thursday at Torrey Pines in San Diego.

"We'll see how long it takes him to overtake me again," Kaymer said after his victory Sunday.

Masters champion Phil Mickelson dropped to No. 5 in the rankings. He had been sharing fourth with U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell, who tied for third in Abu Dhabi.

Mickelson finished 37th Sunday. He says he doesn't dwell on the rankings and is concentrating on the upcoming majors. He, too, will play at Torrey Pines this week.

--Associated Press

Photo: Tiger Woods during the final round of the HSBC Champions tournament in November. Credit: Ross Kinnaird / Getty Images