As the third round of the Dubai Desert Classic sets to being on Saturday, the world's top three players-- Tiger Woods, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer -- will likely be playing for much more than just the tournament championship. According to AP, where the three top players finish in the tournament could determine how the players fit in the world rankings next week:
Westwood could lose the top ranking if Kaymer wins and he finishes lower than second, and if Kaymer finishes second and Westwood is out of the top 10. If Kaymer is tied for second, he could still become No. 1 for the first time if Westwood finishes out of the top 36.
Woods could move ahead of Kaymer if he wins and Kaymer finishes outside the top five but his recent form indicates he won't be moving up the rankings soon.
The third round for the Dubai Desert Classic, which reportedly will be much windier than the first two rounds, will feature Woods paired with Dane Anders Hansen, Kaymer with Swede Fredrik Andersson Hed and Westwood with Frenchman Victor Dubuisson.