'Disgusted' Westwood up to second in ranking, Mickelson up to 11th

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Lee Westwood remains high up in the top 10 despite losing the Omega Dubai Desert Classic after leading through 54 holes.
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Series: PGA Tour

Published: Monday, February 13, 2012 | 5:44 p.m.

LONDON -- Lee Westwood left nobody in any doubt about how disgusted he was by his final-round display at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on Sunday.

Westwood chose not to speak to reporters immediately after suffering a surprise one-shot defeat to Spain's Rafael Cabrera-Bello. But on Twitter on Monday morning, he declared his "16-hour sulk" over.


Luke Donald has held the No. 1 spot for 38 weeks, putting him sixth on the all-time list of most weeks on top. Nick Price (44 weeks) is fifth, while Ian Woosnam (50 weeks) is fourth.



1. Luke Donald


2. Lee Westwood


3. Rory McIlroy


4. Martin Kaymer


5. Steve Stricker


6. Webb Simpson


7. Jason Day


8. Adam Scott


9. Charl Schwartzel


10. Dustin Johnson


"Well tossed that one away nicely! Carnage on the greens! Managed not to break or smash anything post round!," he tweeted.

"Waved the putter at it 33 times. Not even good enough for the monthly medal with form like that," he added. "Have now given Billy (caddie Billy Foster) approval to slap me (within reason!) if I don't run the ball at the hole with pace over the next three weeks!"

Westwood was the third-round leader at the Emirates Club and two shots ahead when he sank a 40-foot eagle putt from short of the green at the second hole. But he then bogeyed the fifth, and his only birdie came when he missed a chance for another eagle from under 10 feet on the long 13th.

That brought him back level with Cabrera-Bello and Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher, but while he missed putt after putt over the closing stretch, Cabrera-Bello birdied the 17th. The win moved Cabrera-Bello up 59 spots to 60th in the latest edition of the Official World Golf Ranking, and earned him a place in next week's 64-man WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship as a result.

Westwood, previusly third, did go back to No. 2 ahead of Rory McIlroy by finishing tied for second with Gallacher, while McIlroy tied for fifth. Neither is playing this week, and under the two-year ranking system they are likely to swap places again going into the Accenture Match Play.

Half a world away at Pebble Beach, Phil Mickelson's 40th PGA Tour victory wasn't quite enough to take him back into the world's top 10. Mickelson, who from six strokes behind fired a closing 64 to take the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Sunday, improved from 17th to 11th.

Luke Donald remains solidly No. 1, and returns to action this week at the Northern Trust Open in Los Angeles. And other than the 2-3 switch involving Westwood and McIlroy, there were no other changes in the top 10.

Martin Kaymer, the 2012 PGA Champion, remains fourth, with Americans Steve Stricker in fifth, Webb Simpson in sixth and Dustin Johnson in 10th. Australians Jason Day and Adam Scott are still seventh and eighth, respectively, and South African Charl Schwartzel is ninth.

The second 10 includes Phil Mickelson, No. 12 Graeme McDowell, No. 13 Matt Kuchar, No. 14 Nick Watney, No. 15 K.J. Choi, No. 16 Brandt Snedeker, No. 17 Sergio Garcia, No. 18 Tiger Woods, No. 19 Bubba Watson and No. 20 Justin Rose.