Tiger's No 1 spot in jeopardy

2010-05-03 16:07
Tiger Woods (File)

London - Tiger Woods's 258-week reign as world number one could be ended by fellow American Phil Mickelson on Sunday.

Woods, who recently returned to golf after a break of five months following revelations about extra-marital affairs, missed the cut as a professional for only the sixth time at last week's Quail Hollow Championship in North Carolina.

Mickelson (9.66 average points) can heap more woe on the 14-time major winner and top the rankings if he triumphs at this week's Players Championship in Florida and Woods (11.17) finishes outside the top five in the tournament dubbed the 'fifth major'.

"The Players is a really big event," Mickelson told reporters on Sunday. "It's one we all would like to play well and fortunately my game is really close.

"Some adjustments here or there and hopefully I should be able to get in contention again next Sunday."

Mickelson was second at Quail Hollow, four shots behind Rory McIlroy who fired a course record 10-under 62 on his way to becoming the youngest winner on the PGA Tour since Woods in 1996.

The Briton, who turns 21 on Tuesday, blew away the rest of the field with a shotmaking masterclass that lifted him to ninth in the rankings, a jump of four places.

"I shot 16-under on the weekend around a golf course like this," McIlroy said. "You can't get much more of a confidence boost than that but I've still got a long way to go.

"I just want to concentrate on getting a few more wins and learn as much as I can at the majors."

Another youngster who enhanced his reputation over the weekend was Japan's Ryo Ishikawa who carded a stunning 12-under 58 to win the seventh title of his career at the Crowns tournament in Nagoya.

The win moved the 18-year-old nine places to number 38 in the rankings.

Read more on:    tiger woods


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs

Which is your favourite event on the golfing calendar?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.