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Kaymer passes Tiger in rankings

| Monday, Jan. 24, 2011

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- Martin Kaymer overtook Tiger Woods for the No. 2 ranking in the world Sunday, winning the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship by eight shots after shooting a 6-under-par 66.

Kaymer held a five-shot lead going into the day and had no problem securing his third win in four years in Abu Dhabi, finishing at 24-under 264. Rory McIlroy finished second after a 69, while Retief Goosen and Graeme McDowell were another two shots back.

Kaymer had been third in the rankings and now trails only Lee Westwood.

"It's quite nice to overtake somebody who is probably the best player in the world, perhaps the best player that ever lived," Kaymer said. "To be in front of him for a little bit -- we'll see how long it takes him to overtake me again -- but you know, it makes me very proud to be better in the world rankings than the best player in the world."

Goosen had a 64, the best round of the day, while McDowell closed with a 67. Phil Mickelson finished 37th, meaning McDowell will move ahead of the reigning Masters champion at No. 4 in the rankings. Both started the week tied for fourth.

Mickelson closed with a 70 and said he wasn't bothered by slipping to No. 5.

"I think it's interesting, and it's certainly a goal of all players to get up on top of the world rankings, but I think it's more interesting to see how it plays out in the majors," he said.

PGA Tour

In La Quinta, Calif., Jhonattan Vegas made a 13-foot par putt on the second playoff hole to win the Bob Hope Classic, holding off Gary Woodland for his first PGA Tour victory.

The Venezuelan rookie won in just his fifth PGA Tour start despite putting his tee shot in the water on the 92nd hole of the five-day tournament. Vegas capitalized when Woodland made two poor chip shots, pumping his fist in celebration after his putt fell.

Vegas and Woodland eliminated defending champion Bill Haas with birdies on the first playoff hole after all three finished the final round at 27-under 333.

Playing one group apart, Haas and Vegas both missed short putts on the final regulation hole. A few minutes after Haas botched a 6-footer, Vegas couldn't connect from 9 feet.

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