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World Golf Rankings released; Tiger Woods jumps up

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Tiger Woods blew a 54-hole lead at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship over the weekend, but his third place finish did not go totally unrewarded.

The former No. 1 used the strong showing to make a considerable leap in the World Golf Rankings, which were released Monday.

Woods moved up eight spots from last week, rising from No. 25 to No. 17. He carded an 11-under 277 over the four rounds at Abu Dhabi, finishing two shots behind winner, Robert Rock.

Woods, of course, was a regular atop the World Golf Rankings before injuries and personal turmoil derailed his career. He holds the record for most weeks at No. 1 (623) and most consecutive weeks at No. 1 (281). But his heavily-publicized demise saw him tumble down the charts, dipping as low as No. 58 late last year. He began 2012 at No. 23.

Woods may take solace in the fact that his rival on tour, Phil Mickelson, is also experiencing a slide down the rankings. After missing the cut in the PGA Tour's Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego, Mickelson slipped to No. 16 on the World Golf Ranking list, just one spot ahead of Woods.

Luke Donald's 48th place finish at Abu Dhabi was not enough to dislodge him from the No. 1 spot. Rory McIlroy finished second place in the same tournament, propelling him to No. 2 and pushing Lee Westwood to No. 3.

Rock, who held off Woods and McIlroy to win at Abu Dhabi, saw the biggest jump in the rankings. The 34-year-old, who won just his second professional tournament Sunday, moved from No. 117 to No. 55.

The World Golf Ranking takes into account a player's performance over a rolling two-year period. A point system is used for finishing positions, and more prestigious tournaments receive heavier weighting.

World Golf Rankings - Top 25

1. Luke Donald
2. Rory McIlroy
3. Lee Westwood
4. Martin Kaymer
5. Steve Stricker
6. Webb Simpson
7. Adam Scott
8. Charl Schwartzel
9. Dustin Johnson
10. Jason Day
11. Graeme McDowell
12. Matt Kuchar
13. K.J. Choi
14. Nick Watney
15. Brandt Snedeker
16. Phil Mickelson
17. Tiger Woods
18. Sergio Garcia
19. Hunter Mahan
20. Justin Rose
21. Ian Poulter
22. Bill Haas
23. Paul Casey
24. Bubba Watson
25. Alvaro Quiros

Complete World Golf Rankings

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