Westwood retains No. 1 rank

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PHILADELPHIA -- England's Lee Westwood remained No. 1 in the world rankings for the second week in a row after finishing runner-up Sunday at the lucrative HSBC Champions in China.

Westwood failed to catch Francesco Molinari at the World Golf Championships event, ending one stroke behind the Italian in what turned out to be a two-man race.

But Westwood did enough to keep the No. 1 ranking he took from Tiger Woods last week, even increasing his lead over the American by .47 average points.

Woods, who had held the No. 1 ranking for 281 consecutive weeks, tied for sixth place in Shanghai and remained No. 2 in the world behind Westwood.

In fact, the top 13 players in the rankings all held on to their positions from last week. Westwood and Woods were followed again by Martin Kaymer, Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk, Paul Casey, Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell, Matt Kuchar, Ernie Els and Dustin Johnson.

Molinari climbed 16 places to a career-best 14th in the rankings, three spots ahead of his brother Edoardo.

His move knocked Ian Poulter, Hunter Mahan, Edoardo Molinari, Retief Goosen, Zach Johnson and Padraig Harrington down one notch apiece to round out the top 20.


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