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Tiger Back Out of Top 50

Fernandez-Castano forces Tiger down the rankings

Posted Nov 25, 2011 by Chris White

Tiger has returned to form but dropped out of the top 50 again

Having clawed his way back up into the world’s top 50 in recent weeks, Tiger Woods has slipped back down the rankings after Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano finished second at the Dunlop Phoenix in Japan while Woods was helping the USA to the Presidents Cup.

The Spaniard was on course to make it two victories in successive starts having won the Singapore Open in a play-off, but eventually had to settle for second as Toshinori Muto shot an outstanding final round 63. The second place finish was enough to promote Fernandez-Castano to 46th in the latest rankings, forcing Woods down one from 50th to 51st.

Incidentally, Muto, who won his fourth tournament on the Japanese Tour, and his first for two and a half years, rose 87 places to 112 in the world. Another big mover is Joost Luiten of Holland, who moves into the world’s top 100 for the first time after winning the Iskandar Johor Open in Malaysia, his first victory on the European Tour, shooting a final round 65 to move him up to 66th in the world.

The majority of the top 20 in the world remains the same, with Luke Donald remaining number one, and Sergio Garcia is ranked 17th after his amazing comeback year, and there are nine Americans in the top 20.

World Top 20: 1 Luke Donald (ENG), 2 Rory McIlroy (NI), 3 Lee Westwood (ENG), 4 Martin Kaymer (GER), 5 Steve Stricker (USA), 6 Dustin Johnson (USA), 7 Adam Scott (AUS), 8 Jason Day (AUS), 9 Webb Simpson (USA), 10 Matt Kuchar (USA), 11 Nick Watney (USA), 12 Phil Mickelson (USA), 13 Charl Schwartzel (SA), 14 Graeme McDowell (NI), 15 KJ Choi (SK), 16 Justin Rose (ENG), 17 Sergio Garcia (SPA), 18 Bubba Watson (USA), 19 Hunter Mahan (USA), 20 David Toms (USA).

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