Choi climbs to 15th in world rankings

K.J. Choi of South Korea waves as he carries the winner’s trophy after beating David Toms of the...

K.J. Choi of South Korea waves as he carries the winner’s trophy after beating David Toms of the U.S. in a sudden death playoff to win The Players Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida May 15, 2011. (REUTERS/Hans Deryk)

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K.J. Choi bested David Toms in a playoff on Sunday at the Players Championship and jumped 19 places to No. 15 in this week's rankings.

Lee Westwood remained the No. 1, but there was plenty of movement behind him. Luke Donald shared fourth place behind Choi and that helped him move to No. 2, which bumped Martin Kaymer down to third.

Phil Mickelson remained No. 4 and was followed by Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy. Steve Stricker jumped two spots to seventh, Tiger Woods held steady in eighth and Paul Casey dipped a pair to ninth.

Matt Kuchar stayed put in 10th and was trailed again by Bubba Watson, Charl Schwartzel and Dustin Johnson. Nick Watney inched up one to 14th and Choi moved in behind him.

Jim Furyk slipped two to 16, Ernie Els dipped one to 17 and Hunter Mahan jumped a pair to 18th. Adam Scott sank two to 19th and Jason Day leapt four to 20th.

Francesco Molinari and Ian Poulter both fell out of the top 20 this week.

Darren Clarke won on the European Tour on Sunday and soared 36 spots to No. 88 in the new rankings. Toms returned to the top 50 in the world after the playoff loss. The 2001 PGA Champion rose 29 spots to No. 46.


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