Tiger's ranking hanging by a thread

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:30 PM ET

The world golf rankings suddenly are tighter than a fairway at a U.S. Open.

Tiger Woods continues to hold the No. 1 spot with 8.50 points, but only .48 separates the top four golfers.

Lee Westwood of England is second at 8.39, followed by Phil Mickelson at 8.13 and Martin Kaymer at 8.12.

Woods, whose points average has dipped steadily -- he was at 8.68 last week -- will lose his No. 1 spot in two weeks.

While Westwood is poised to take over as No. 1 at the end of the month, Kaymer could beat him to it.

Kaymer is scheduled to play in the Andalucia Masters in Valderrama, which ends on Oct. 31. By finishing first or second he would leapfrog Westwood and grab the top spot.

He would become the second German to assume that ranking. Bernhard Langer was No. 1 in 1986.

Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk, Paul Casey, Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy and Matt Kuchar round out the top 10.


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