Tiger Woods Surges in Rankings for First Time Since Masters

The world’s former No. 1 golfer jumped from 58th to 50th after third-place finish at Australian Open.


Posted: 11/14/2011 07:51 PM EST
Filed Under Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods came up a little short on the final day of the Australian Open on Sunday, finishing third in the tournament.

But that finish was good enough to give Woods a boost in the Official World Golf Rankings, something that hadn’t happened since April. Woods jumped from 58th to 50th in the rankings after he recorded a 67 in the final round and came within a stroke of the lead on the back nine Sunday in Sydney.

Woods, once the world’s unchallenged No.1 golfer, can continue to get his game back on track this week during the Presidents Cup competition in Melbourne, Australia. He won’t be able to improve his ranking, but another good showing could give Woods strong momentum heading into next week's Chevron World Challenge, a tournament Woods hosts each year in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

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