Sporting digest: Golf

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LEADING WORLD RANKING (US unless stated): 1 T Woods 16.68pts ave; 2 D Duval 14.02; 3 C Montgomerie (GB) 10.02; 4 D Love 9.69; 5 L Westwood (GB) 8.76; 6 E Els (SA) 8.44; 7 V Singh (Fiji) 8.18; 8 P Stewart (US) 7.85; 9 N Price (Zim) 7.45; 10 M O'Meara (US) 7.20; 11 P Mickelson 6.65; 12 J Leonared 6.33; 13 J Furyk 6.24; 14 H Sutton 6.20; 15 M Ozaki (Japan) 5.80; 16 J Parnevik (Swe) 6.72; 17 J Maggert 5.33; 18 J Huston 5.33; 19 F Couples 5.25; 20 D Clarke (GB) 5.07.

The world No 1 Tiger Woods has broken records for the highest recorded points average in the world rankings and the most money earned. "His points average of 16.68 is the highest recorded since the World Ranking became a two-year system," the statement read yesterday. After accumilating $10m (pounds 6m) in earnings 23-year-old Woods, who turned professional on 29 August 1996, is the world's No 2 athlete in terms of earning power and the youngest player to win five times in a year on the PGA Tour since Jack Nicklaus won the 1963 Sahara Invitational.

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