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McDowell jumps into golf's Top 10

Virginia -- Graeme McDowell's playoff win over Tiger Woods in the Chevron World Challenge earned him a Top 10 spot in the men's world golf rankings released Monday.

McDowell beat Woods on the first playoff hole Sunday. The victory jumped him from 11th to a career-high no. 7 ranking. He ended last year ranked 39th.

Lee Westwood won the Nedbank Golf Challenge and kept the No. 1 spot in the rankings. Had he not won and Woods had taken the Chevron title, Woods would have returned to the top spot.

With Westwood and Woods first and second in the rankings, Martin Kaymer is still third and Phil Mickelson fourth but the rest of the Top 10 had some juggling.

McDowell bests Woods on playoff hole

Thousand Oaks, Calif. -- Graeme McDowell forged a tie with an 18th-hole birdie and then bested Tiger Woods on a playoff hole Sunday to win the Chevron World Challenge.

The clutch performance on the final regulation hole allowed McDowell to close with a 3-under-par 69 and catch Woods atop the leaderboard. Woods, who led by four entering the final round, struggled to a 1-over 73 and finished the 18 holes tied for first at 16-under 272.

McDowell sank a 20-footer for birdie on the final hole and forced Woods to respond with his own 3-foot birdie putt to extend the match.

McDowell then won it thanks to a birdie putt and a miss by Woods on the extra hole at Sherwood Country Club in California.

Woods keeps four-shot lead

Thousand Oaks -- Tiger Woods shot a steady 4-under-par 68 Saturday that kept him four shots in front with one round to play at the Chevron World Challenge.

Woods missed the tournament's 54-hole scoring record by two shots, but stayed on pace to win for the fifth time in an event he hosts.

He produced a three-day total of 17-under 199. Graeme McDowell, who finished second here last year and then won the U.S. Open in June, was alone in second at 203 after shooting a 68. Paul Casey was third at 207.

Hunter Mahan, Sean O'Hair, Luke Donald and Rory McIlroy were tied for fourth at 209. Both Donald and McIlroy stumbled to rounds of 73.

Woods builds lead to four shots

Thousand -- Tiger Woods, returning to the form that has won him 14 major championships, built a four-shot lead Friday after two rounds of the Chevron World Challenge.

Woods shot a 6-under 66 at the Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif., for a 36-hole total of 13-under 131. He is trying to win the event, which he hosts, for the fifth time.

A victory here would be his first in 2010, although it would not count as an official PGA Tour triumph. He has not won since his personal life collapsed following his admission of marital infidelities and his subsequent divorce.

His last major title came at the 2008 U.S. Open, after which he underwent season-ending knee surgery.

Woods takes lead in own tournament

Thousand Oaks, Calif. -- Tiger Woods, winless on the PGA Tour in 2010, shot a 7-under 65 Thursday to grab a one-shot lead in the Chevron World Challenge.

Woods hosts the event, which is not an official stop on the tour, and has won it four times.

Rory McIlroy and U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell were tied for second place at 66 while Dustin Johnson and Stewart Cink both shot a 69 at the Sherwood Country Club.

This was the first year since he turned professional in 1996 that Woods did not capture a tour event. His winless season came as his marriage collapsed and ended in divorce.

Woods to lose No. 1 ranking next week

Virginia Water, England -- Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer are poised to take golf's world No. 1 ranking from Tiger Woods.

Woods had been ranked No. 1 for the last 281 weeks -- and 623 weeks overall -- but the reign is about to end. If Kaymer, who moved past Phil Mickelson and into third in the world golf rankings released Monday, finishes no worse than a two-way tie for second at the European Tour's Andalucia Valderrama Masters in Spain, he will be the new No. 1.

However, if Kaymer doesn't finish that high, Westwood, even though he's out with an injury, would become the 13th player to be ranked No. 1.

Boxer says Tiger Woods sex tape phony

New York -- A sex tape purported to star golfer Tiger Woods actually features a Philadelphia boxer paid to be filmed as Woods, the boxer says.

Teneal Goyco, 29, claims prostitute Devon James and her husband offered him $1,000 to fulfill her fantasy of having sex with Tiger, the New York Post reported Tuesday.

"I was in it to make a couple bucks and have sex with a pretty lady," Goyco said.

"I just thought I was fulfilling this woman's fantasy of having sex with Tiger Woods, as she had said she wanted," he said.

Goyco said he only realized he had been duped when he saw James' advertisements for the video, which she is selling for $25.95 on the Internet and promoting as the real deal, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Tiger's brother: Dad would be disappointed

Phoenix -- Tiger Woods' older half-brother says their father would have been "very disappointed" with the golfer's extramarital affairs.

Earl Woods Jr. told KSAZ Fox 10, Phoenix, "I think my dad would be very disappointed with him. He would probably want to know how he's going to fix it. You're grown enough to get into this mess; how are you going to repair it?"

Earl Jr. said the there was respect between Elin Nordegren and her father-in-law, Earl Woods. He said, "She was family. My dad and her really connected."

Earl Jr. said Tiger paid a steep price for his infidelity: "It cost him a family.

Tiger Woods' sex tape sold! claims golfer's alleged mistress

Devon James, the porn star and escort who claims the ace golfer fathered her secret love child, has sold a sex tape allegedly of herself and the golfer to a DVD production company, RadarOnline reported Friday.

Woods seems all business at Ryder Cup

Newport -- U.S. golfer Tiger Woods was all business at a pre-Ryder Cup press conference Tuesday in Wales, saying he was ready to have a good tournament.

Woods, facing reporters at the Celtic Manor resort, said he had been working on his swing with new instructor Sean Foley and tersely deflected questions about his personal life and other queries seemingly meant to stir controversy, Sports Illustrated reported.

Woods indicated he was learning from Foley.

"I have an understanding of what he was trying to teach, and now it's just a matter of getting reps," Woods said. "The biggest thing is understanding the fixes. Out on the course today, I hit some bad ones, but I automatically knew what the fix was."