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Westwood to take over from Woods as world number one

posted 31 Oct 2010, 11:53 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 31 Oct 2010, 11:55 ]

Briton Lee Westwood will take over from Tiger Woods as the world's number one golfer when the new rankings are published on Monday (November 1).

CELTIC MANOR, CHEPSTOW, WALES, UK (SEPTEMBER 29, 2010) REUTERS - Briton Lee Westwood is to take over as world number one when the new rankings are published on Monday (November 1) after Ryder Cup team mate Martin Kaymer finished down the field at the Andalucia Masters.

Westwood ended Tiger Woods's unprecedented 281-week reign at the top of the rankings after German Kaymer finished with a closing 75 for a seven-over-par tally of 291 at Valderrama on Sunday (October 31).

Westwood did not play in Andalucia because he was at home resting his injured calf.

Woods's huge lead at the top of the rankings diminished after a very public divorce this year following his admission

that he had a number of extra-marital affairs.

As the American struggled to recapture his form after a self-imposed exile of nearly five months, Westwood has collected several top 10 finishes to replace the 14-times major winner as world number one.

Kaymer, who needed to finish in the top two here to become world number one, was always up against it after opening his campaign with rounds of 72, 74 and 70.