For the first time in more than five years, Tiger Woods is no longer golf’s No. 1 player. Lee Westwood claimed the top ranking after PGA champion Martin Kaymer failed to finish among the top two Sunday at the Andalucia Masters in Spain.
Westwood is the first European since Nick Faldo in 1994 to be No. 1, and the 13th to be No. 1 since the ranking system began in 1986.
Woods had been at the top since the week before the 2005 U.S. Open. He has been going through his worst year on and off the course, and his top ranking has been in jeopardy for six months.
The No. 1 ranking could change again this week at the HSBC Champions in Shanghai, where four players could go to the top: Westwood, Woods, Kaymer and Phil Mickelson