Tiger Woods Moves To Second In World Golf Rankings After 2012 British Open

July 22, 2012; St. Annes, ENGLAND; Tiger Woods walks after teeing off on the 1st hole during the final round of the 2012 British Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports via US PRESSWIRE

Tiger Woods continues his strong play in 2012 by a respectable third place finish at the British Open, and now occupies second place in the Official World Golf Rankings.

Don't look now, but a very familiar face is slowly moving up the Official World Golf Rankings list once again.

With his third-place finish in the 2012 British Open, Tiger Woods is now ranked second on the prestigious (and oft-controversial) world rankings list. Luke Donald remains top-dog at this time after a solid showing of his own (tied for fifth) at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.

Woods' strong finish allowed him to overtake Rory McIlroy in the rankings by four one-hundreths of a point, bumping the young Northern Irish lad to third position. Donald maintains more than a full point lead over Tiger, however, and will remain safe for now. Woods actually had a chance to regain the top spot this week had he won the British Open and Donald finished outside the top 30.

Sunday's results allowed Woods to build on his world-leading 269.57 points earned overall, which is more than 50 points higher than any other golfer has earned in the reporting period.

Lee Westwood takes over fourth position on the list while U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson (who skipped this week's major to be with his family) rounds out the top five players. British Open runner-up Adam Scott climbs into sixth place while Ernie Els' claret jug victory pushes him into the top 15.

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