Tiger jumps to world number six

Woods back in the top 10 for the first time since May 2011

Last Updated: 26/03/12 3:10pm

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Tiger Woods: Moved up six places after his Bay Hill success

Tiger Woods: Moved up six places after his Bay Hill success

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Tiger Woods has climbed 12 places to sixth in the world rankings after his Arnold Palmer Invitational victory.

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After a PGA Tour drought that stretched over 923 days and 27 tournaments, Woods finally returned to the winner's circle with a comprenhensive five-shot victory over Graeme McDowell.

It was Tiger's seventh win at Bay Hill and returned him to the top 10 for the first time since May 22.

He's now the second top ranked American in the rankings, one spot behind fifth-placed Steve Stricker.

McDowell's second place lifted him from 17th to 13th.

Further down the list, there was good news for Paul Lawrie (46th) and Ben Crane (49th). By being inside the top 50 in the world following Sunday's action, both have won a spot in The Masters.

Latest leading positions in the world golf rankings: 1 Luke Donald 9.87pts, 2 Rory McIlroy 9.72, 3 Lee Westwood 8.02, 4 Martin Kaymer 5.76, 5 Steve Stricker 5.71, 6 Tiger Woods 5.60, 7 Charl Schwartzel 5.17, 8 Justin Rose 5.13, 9 Webb Simpson 5.10, 10 Adam Scott 4.96 11 Jason Day 4.95, 12 Dustin Johnson 4.91, 13 Graeme McDowell 4.90, 14 Hunter Mahan 4.86, 15 Phil Mickelson 4.68, 16 Bill Haas 4.56, 17 Matt Kuchar 4.55, 18 Bubba Watson 4.54, 19 Nick Watney 4.18, 20 Keegan Bradley 4.11

Other leading Europeans: 21 Sergio Garcia, 24 Ian Poulter, 25 Peter Hanson, 30 Thomas Bjorn, 32 Paul Casey, 33 Alvaro Quiros, 34 Martin Laird, 36 Simon Dyson, 37 Robert Karlsson, 40 Anders Hansen, 43 Francesco Molinari, 44 Fredrik Jacobson, 46 Paul Lawrie, 51 Miguel Angel Jimenez, 53 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, 57 Darren Clarke, 59 Robert Rock, 61 Matteo Manassero, 65 Rafael Cabrera Bello, 69 Nicolas Colsaerts, 74 Michael Hoey, 75 Joost Luiten, 79 Alexander Noren, 84 Pablo Larrazabal, 87 Edoardo Molinari, 91 David Lynn, 93 Padraig Harrington, 94 Jamie Donaldson, 95 Carl Pettersson, 99 Gregory Havret.

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