Casey set to oust Tiger at No. 5

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England’s Paul Casey is set to become the fifth European to move past Tiger Woods in the world rankings this weekend.

England’s Paul Casey is set to become the fifth European to move past Tiger Woods in the world rankings this weekend.

Although neither is playing in the Shell Houston Open, the final warm-up event for the Masters at Augusta starting next Thursday, the two-year rolling points system used in the rankings calculations will see the Casey overtake the currently fifth-ranked Woods who might well drop as far back as 9th before he arrives at Augusta National for the 2011 season’s first Major next week.

This because Phil Mickelson only requires a top-36 finish in Texas on Sunday to move ahead of his great rival for the first time since the 1997 Masters, and Matt Kuchar and Steve Stricker are also in with a chance of moving ahead of the former long-time World No 1.

They need to be first or second and at this stage only Mickelson and Stricker are in poistion to do it.

Stricker was joint fifth and Mickelson in 33rd place. Striker, on the other hand was way down the on the first-round scoreboard in a tie for 69th and at this stage would be happy to make the cut

Martin Kaymer, Lee Westwood, Luke Donald and Graeme McDowell occupy the leading four spots in the world, with Westwood requiring a top-two finish in Houston to go back to number one.

An opening 68 has left him joint ninth with, among others, Padraig Harrington.

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