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Tiger Woods has strong hold on No.1 ranking going into U.S. Open

  |   June 10, 2013 at 8:28 AM
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VIRGINIA WATER, England, June 10 (UPI) -- Tiger Woods occupies the No. 1 ranking in the world men's golf rankings going into this week's U.S. Open, the second major tournament of the year.

Woods has four PGA titles to his credit this year and is solidly ahead of second-ranked Rory McIlroy and No. 3 Adam Scott in the rankings. Those three will be in the same group for the first two rounds of the Open, which begins Thursday at Merion in Ardmore, Pa.

Woods has been No. 1 in the rankings for 635 weeks -- about 12 1/4 years.

The sole change in the Top 10 going into the year's second major sees Luke Donald pass Brandt Snedeker for the No. 6 spot with Snedeker now seventh.

Harris English won the FedEx St. Jude Classic for his first PGA title. He goes from 139th to No. 84 in the rankings. Joost Luiten, the winner at the Lyoness Open in Austria for his second European Tour championship, improves 41 ranking spots this week to No. 96.

The men's world golf rankings, with ranking points average:

1. Tiger Woods, 13.11

2. Rory McIlroy, 9.86

3. Adam Scott, 7.58

4. Matt Kuchar, 6.81

5. Justin Rose, 6.37

6. Luke Donald, 6.02

7. Brandt Snedeker, 5.91

8. Graeme McDowell, 5.67

9. Louis Oosthuizen, 5.38

10. Phil Mickelson, 5.35

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