Rankings blow for Westwood

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WORKSOP putter Lee Westwood has slipped to three in the world rankings after finishing tied in 13th position at the WGC Champions tournament.

US Open champion Rory McIlroy’s last-hole birdie in Shanghai saw him replace Westwood as World No 2. If he had parred the 18th McIlroy would have been in a four-way tie for sixth and would have stayed behind Westwood in the rankings.

But he hit his approach to the par five to the back of the green and two-putted - watched by Westwood, who came only just 13th after a disappointing closing 74.

Martin Kaymer’s victory after a magnificent 63 containing nine birdies in the last 12 holes has lifted him back to fourth and giving Europe the top four places again.

“On the back nine I made nearly every putt that I looked at,” said Kaymer, who saw off Freddie Jacobson by three shots. “I can’t remember a day when I have played that well.”

Lee Donald missed the tournament while awaiting the birth of his second daughter, but was too far ahead to be caught even if Westwood or McIlroy had won.