Woods tops rankings with Miami win

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Tiger Woods is back as golf's world No 1, six months after losing the position to Vijay Singh.

Tiger Woods is back as golf's world No 1, six months after losing the position to Vijay Singh.

Singh's reign began when he beat Woods by a shot in Boston. Now the 29-year-old American, who had been top for five years before that, has regained the No 1 position by defeating Phil Mickelson in the Ford Championship in Miami, with Singh in third.

The issue was decided only when Mickelson, winner of his two previous strokeplay tournaments, narrowly failed to chip in on the last. After a closing 66 against Mickelson's 69, Woods said: "It was tense from start to finish. There's no doubt about it - we were both excited. I can't speak for Phil, but I certainly was nervous out there. If you're not on a day like this, you're not alive.

"The ranking will take care of itself with wins. I said that from the very beginning. That's how I got there. That's how Vijay got there. It's just nothing but winning golf tournaments and so far I've gotten two this year, which is a nice start."

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