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Phil Mickelson’s Houston triumph has hoisted him to No 3 in the World and dumped Tiger Woods at No 7.

Phil Mickelson’s Houston triumph on Sunday has hoisted him back to No 3 in the World Rankings and dumped old rival Tiger Woods back to No 7 ahead of the Masters in Georgia this week.

The former World No 1, who sat out last week’s Shell Houston Open, was No 5 last week, but has ben pushed back by Mickelson and England’s Paul Casey who has moved in ahead of Woods at No 6.

Things are far worse for Fiji’s Vijay Singh, the first man this century to replace Woods at Number one.

Singh, who has been struggling with his game and especially his putting this past several months as he heads into his late 40s, has tumbled down to No 50 in the latest World Rankings

In the meantime, Europe still have Martin Kaymer and Lee Westwood at Nos 1 and 2, but Mickelson has split their dominant block at the top by elbowing Luke Donald onto the fourth rung and Graeme McDowell to the fifth.

However, with only four of the top 10 places to Europe’s six, the formally dominant USA continues to play second fiddle at the top end of the Rankings list, although they do have four to only three Europeans in the next 10 places and have closed the gap to 9-8 in the top 20.

Here are the latest Top 100 in the World Rankings ahead of the Masters:
1 Martin Kaymer (Ger) 7.91
2 Lee Westwood (Eng) 7.43
3 Phil Mickelson (USA) 6.75
4 Luke Donald (Eng) 6.59
5 Graeme McDowell (NIrl) 6.11
6 Paul Casey (Eng) 5.65
7 Tiger Woods (USA) 5.64
8 Steve Stricker (USA) 5.45
9 Rory McIlroy (NIrl) 5.45
10 Matt Kuchar (USA) 5.30
11 Dustin Johnson (USA) 5.03
12 Jim Furyk (USA) 4.94
13 Ernie Els (Rsa) 4.66
14 Nick Watney (USA) 4.60
15 Francesco Molinari (Ita) 4.41
16 Ian Poulter (Eng) 4.38
17 Bubba Watson (USA) 4.30
18 Hunter Mahan (USA) 4.25
19 Retief Goosen (Rsa) 4.09
20 Robert Karlsson (Swe) 4.02
21 Martin Laird (Sco) 3.89
22 Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa) 3.66
23 Alvaro Quiros (Spa) 3.66
24 Justin Rose (Eng) 3.62
25 Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa) 3.61
26 Tim Clark (Rsa) 3.60
27 Robert Allenby (Aus) 3.50
28 Edoardo Molinari (Ita) 3.45
29 Charl Schwartzel (Rsa) 3.43
30 Adam Scott (Aus) 3.40
31 Geoff Ogilvy (Aus) 3.15
32 Rickie Fowler (USA) 3.14
33 Y.E. Yang (Kor) 3.06
34 Padraig Harrington (Irl) 3.01
35 Zach Johnson (USA) 3.01
36 Ben Crane (USA) 2.95
37 Ryan Moore (USA) 2.93
38 Kyung-Tae Kim (Kor) 2.92
39 Peter Hanson (Swe) 2.90
40 Anthony Kim (USA) 2.87
41 Jason Day (Aus) 2.83
42 Anders Hansen (Den) 2.74
43 K J Choi (Kor) 2.70
44 Ross Fisher (Eng) 2.63
45 Ryo Ishikawa (Jpn) 2.56
46 Bill Haas (USA) 2.55
47 Gary Woodland (USA) 2.50
48 Mark Wilson (USA) 2.49
49 Bo Van Pelt (USA) 2.43
50 Vijay Singh (Fij) 2.42
51 Yuta Ikeda (Jpn) 2.42
52 Camilo Villegas (Col) 2.40
53 Rory Sabbatini (Rsa) 2.38
54 Stephen Marino (USA) 2.31
55 Jeff Overton (USA) 2.31
56 Matteo Manassero (Ita) 2.30
57 Jonathan Byrd (USA) 2.29
58 Hiroyuki Fujita (Jpn) 2.28
59 Stewart Cink (USA) 2.24
60 J.B. Holmes (USA) 2.24
61 Aaron Baddeley (Aus) 2.22
62 Ryan Palmer (USA) 2.20
63 Kevin Na (USA) 2.20
64 Charley Hoffman (USA) 2.16
65 Thomas Bjorn (Den) (USA) 2.12
66 Scott Verplank (USA) 2.10
67 Sean O’Hair (USA) 2.06
68 Noh Seung-yul (Kor) 1.97
69 Heath Slocum (USA) 1.97
70 Stuart Appleby (Aus) 1.93
71 Brendan Jones (Aus) 1.93
72 Richard Green (Aus) 1.89
73 Sergio Garcia (Spa) 1.86
74 Stephen Gallacher (Sco) 1.84
75 Toru Taniguchi (Jpn) 1.82
76 Jason Dufner (USA) 1.81
77 Ricky Barnes (USA) 1.79
78 David Toms (USA) 1.79
79 Raphael Jacquelin (Fra) 1.78
80 Brandt Snedeker (USA) 1.78
81 David Horsey (Eng) 1.78
82 Tetsuji Hiratsuka (Jpn) 1.77
83 Jhonattan Vegas (USA) 1.76
84 Rhys Davies (Wal) 1.76
85 Marc Leishman (Aus) 1.75
86 Simon Dyson (Eng) 1.71
87 Chris Kirk (USA) 1.70
88 D.A. Points (USA) 1.69
89 Henrik Stenson (Swe) 1.69
90 Thongchai Jaidee (Tha) 1.68
91 Liang Wen-Chong (Chn) 1.68
92 Lucas Glover (USA) 1.63
93 James Kingston (Rsa) 1.60
94 Brian Davis (Eng) 1.59
95 Brendon De Jonge (USA) 1.59
96 Fredrik Andersson Hed (Swe) 1.59
97 Angel Cabrera (Arg) 1.58
98 John Senden (Aus) 1.57
99 Thomas Aiken (Rsa) 1.55
100 Robert Garrigus (USA) 1.55

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