September 8, 2009

Stricker reaches No. 2 world ranking

Steve Stricker moved into the No. 2 spot in the world men's golf rankings released Tuesday.

Stricker had birdies Monday on the final two holes of the Deutsche Bank Championship in winning the tournament. The result shifted him from No. 4 in the world rankings to the second position, knocking Phil Mickelson and Paul Casey each down one space.

Mickelson has been ranked No. 2 since March 15, when he passed Sergio Garcia in the rankings. But Mickelson's play has been limited since his wife was diagnosed with cancer. He played in the first two events of the FedEx Cup playoffs, but finished the Deutsche Bank Championships tied for 27th and was tied for 57th at The Barclays a week ago.

Stricker leads in the FedEx Cup points race, passing Tiger Woods in that category. But he still is substantially behind Woods in the world rankings. Woods has been No. 1 for the last 222 weeks.

Mickelson is third with Casey slipping to fourth in the rankings while the rest of the Top 10 stayed the same. Kenny Perry is fifth followed by, in order, Henrik Stenson, Garcia, Geoff Ogilvy, Padraig Harrington and Lee Westwood.