Singh takes top spot from Woods

The King has been dethroned.

Vijay Singh withstood a mid–round challenge from Tiger Woods to win the Deutsche Bank Open and take over the number one ranking in the world.

With his tour–leading sixth victory of the year, Singh ended Woods' reign of 264 consecutive weeks as the world's top–ranked player.

After the round ended, Woods took off his cap, congratulated the winner and Singh acknowledged the crowd by raising his fist to the crowd.

In the final round, Singh and Woods each shot three–under–par 69s. Singh finished at 16–under 268 overall, three shots in front of Woods and Adam Scott.

Singh, who needed to finish ahead of Woods to take over the top ranking, was paired with Woods in the final round of an event for the fourth time.

In the three previous head–to–head showdowns, Woods finished ahead of Singh each time.

Singh wrapped up the victory with a 23–foot birdie on the 17th while Woods missed his 15–foot birdie putt to fall three shots back.

The latest win for Singh also pushed his earnings on the year to £4,489,559.

Singh, who started the day with a three–stroke advantage, went four up with a birdie on the first, but Woods chipped away and drew even with Singh when he holed out from 63 feet for birdie at the 12th and Singh bogeyed 13.

But Woods bogeyed the next hole and Singh birdied 15 to go 14–under and regain a two–shot lead.

Meanwhile, the 24–year–old Scott, playing two groups ahead of Woods and Singh, carded four straight birdies from the ninth to move to 12 under and tie Woods.

Scott birdied the par–five 18th to go three under and was being interviewed as Woods birdied 18.

In a battle of two of the longest hitters on tour, Singh got the better of Woods with birdies on 10 of the 12 par–fives over the weekend. Woods had seven birdies.

On the 553–yard second hole, Woods hit his drive 359 yards into the rocks and injured his wrist and damaged his lob wedge when he hit a rock trying to get out and the ball went four feet. He replaced the wedge and used the new one to hole out on 12.

John Rollins and Daniel Chopra tied for fourth at 10 under.

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