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Tiger Woods shoots up world golf rankings after stunning Masters victory

Tiger Woods celebrates his winning putt at the 2019 Masters tournament.
Tiger Woods celebrates his winning putt at the 2019 Masters tournament.
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

They all said they wanted to play against Tiger Woods at the top of his game. Careful what you wish for.

The Big Cat is back at the top of golf after winning his 15th major title - and first in 11 years - at the Masters.

And as a result, he's shot six places up the world golf rankings - now sitting in sixth place.

It's the first time he has forged his way inside world's top 10 golfers since summer 2014.

And, get this, it's just 16 months after Tiger fell to 1,199th in the world. That's a rise of 1,193 places. In 16 months.

It's fair to say he'll not be content to stay there either. And who would, having seen his stripe-show down the stretch at Augusta, bet against Tiger Woods returning to world number one? A brave - foolish? - man.

Standing in his way is the new number one Dustin Johnson, whose joint second place finish was enough to overhaul Justin Rose, the Englishman off the top for the first time this year after missing the cut.

There's also a swap between third and fourth place as Rory McIlroy falls behind another joint runner-up Brooks Koepka while Justin Thomas holds his fifth place after coming in joint 12th at the Masters.

Meanwhile, Graeme McDowell continues his rise up the rankings, moving three places to 112th, having started the year well outside the world's top 200.

Shane Lowry remains in 50th place despite missing the cut at Augusta.

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