PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - That 15-foot birdie putt Phil
Mickelson made on the final hole at Quail Hollow meant more than
just a second-place finish. It put him in position to become No. 1
in the world.
Mickelson could reach the top for the first time in his career
by winning The Players Championship, provided Tiger Woods finishes
out of the top five. The Masters champion has never been No. 1 in
the world ranking.
Woods has been No. 1 in the world for the last five years. He
missed the cut last week for only the sixth time in his career, and
Mickelson earned enough points for being second place alone allowed
him to close the gap.
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