Woods holds on to No 1 spot

Daily Trust - - SPORT -

Tiger Woods has stayed atop the world rank­ings de­spite his con­tin­ued ab­sence from com­pet­i­tive golf fol­low­ing back surgery.

The 38-year-old US su­per­star was treated for a bulging disc in his spine in late March and sub­se­quently pulled out of the Masters, the first of the year’s four ma­jors.

He is in se­ri­ous doubt for the US Open at Pine­hurst in mid-June with re­ports say­ing he could be tar­get­ing a re­turn to ac­tion at the Bri­tish Open which starts at Hoylake, near Liver­pool, on July 17.

In the mean­time his main ri­val for the top spot, Aus­tralian Adam Scott, took time off, while third-placed Swede Hen­rik Sten­son closed the gap slightly with a tie for fifth in the China Open.

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