Golf: Woods stays top of world rankings

Tiger Woods stayed top of the world rankings on Monday following Rory McIlroy's failure to win the Houston Open on Sunday.

The 37-year-old American returned to the top last week after an absence of two and a half years, replacing the 23-year-old Irishman, who has struggled with his game this year following a change of clubs and ball in the close season.

Woods will go into next week's Masters Tournament at Augusta National with back-to-back wins boosting his confidence, while McIlroy will take part in the Texas Open in another bid to win for the first time this year.

World Top 20:-

1. Tiger Woods (USA) 11.74 pts

2. Rory McIlroy (NIR) 10.87

3. Justin Rose (ENG) 7.01

4. Luke Donald (ENG) 6.69

5. Brandt Snedeker (USA) 6.29

6. Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) 6.05

7. Adam Scott (AUS) 5.70

8. Steve Stricker (USA) 5.68

9. Matt Kuchar (USA) 5.29

10. Phil Mickelson (USA) 5.24

11. Keegan Bradley (USA) 5.21

12. Ian Poulter (ENG) 5.17

13. Lee Westwood (ENG) 5.12

14. Bubba Watson (USA) 5.08

15. Charl Schwartzel (RSA) 4.94

16. Sergio Garcia (ESP) 4.84

17. Graeme McDowell (NIR) 4.79

18. Jason Dufner (USA) 4.64

19. Dustin Johnson (USA) 4.63

20. Webb Simpson (USA) 4.47.