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Tiger Woods drops to No. 8 in world golf rankings

May 9, 2011 |  8:51 am

Photo: Tiger Woods. Credit: Scott Miller / Reuters Unable to play in last week's Wells Fargo Championship due to knee and Achilles tendon injuries, Tiger Woods could do nothing to prevent another drop in the world golf rankings.

Woods, who started 2011 at No. 2 after his five-year reign at the top come to an end late last year, fell from No. 7 to No. 8 in the rankings for the week ending May 8. He switched places with Britain's Paul Casey, who moved up a notch despite missing the cut in Charlotte, N.C., last week.

Britian's Lee Westwood remains the world No. 1, and Phil Mickelson is the top U.S. golfer, holding at No. 4.

Woods can try to make up some ground on the rankings this week at the Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. He officially entered the tournament on Friday.


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Photo: Tiger Woods. Credit: Scott Miller / Reuters