Kaymer becomes new No. 1; Woods now No. 5

Martin Kaymer of Germany stands next to a cactus on the ninth hole during the final match of the...

Martin Kaymer of Germany stands next to a cactus on the ninth hole during the final match of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championships golf tournament in Marana, Arizona February 27, 2011. (REUTERS/Matt Sullivan)

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PHILADELPHIA -- Despite losing the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship on Sunday, Martin Kaymer became the 14th player to ascend to the No. 1 spot in the official world golf rankings.

Kaymer joins Bernhard Langer as the only two Germans to reach the top spot in the rankings.

Last week's No. 1, Lee Westwood, dipped a spot to No. 2, while Match Play winner Luke Donald jumped six places to third. U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell remained No. 4 this week.

This marked the first time since March 1992 that Europeans held the top four spots in the rankings.

Tiger Woods, who has been No. 1 for 623 weeks during his career, fell two places to No. 5. That is the lowest he has been since May 11, 1997.

Phil Mickelson was down one to sixth, and he was followed by Paul Casey, Rory McIlroy and Steve Stricker, each of whom also was down one notch.

Matt Kuchar, who defeated Bubba Watson in the third-place match at the Match Play, climbed three places to No. 10. That knocked Jim Furyk, Ernie Els and Ian Poulter down one spot apiece.

Dustin Johnson held steady at 14 and was followed by Watson, who jumped four notches to 15th. Retief Goosen slipped one to 16, Robert Karlsson was 17th again this week and Francesco Molinari fell two to 18th.

Hunter Mahan dipped one to No. 19, while Miguel Angel Jimenez rose three to 20th. British Open champ Louis Oosthuizen fell one to 21st this week.


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