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Micheel's PGA Championship Victory Puts Him in 46th Place in World Rankings - 2003-08-18


American golfer Shaun Micheel's two-shot victory in the PGA Championship in Rochester, New York, sends him up 123 places in the new world rankings released on Monday. The little-known 34-year-old won the final major event of the golf season Sunday to become just the seventh player to win the tournament on his first try. The victory, which was his first on the PGA Tour, moved Micheel up to 46th in the world rankings.

His countryman Chad Campbell finished in second place, and jumped from 58th to 26th in the rankings. Tiger Woods of the United States, who finished the season without a major victory for the first time in five years, remains at the top of the rankings.

He is followed by South African Ernie Els, who tied for fifth place on Sunday. American Davis Love III is ranked third, compatriot and U.S. Open champion Jim Furyk is fourth, while Vijay Singh of Fiji dropped one spot to No. 5. Rounding out the top 10 are Masters Champion Mike Weir of Canada, Americans Kenny Perry and David Toms, Padraig Harrington of Ireland and Phil Mickelson of the United States.

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