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Vijay Singh knocks Woods from No 1 ranking with victory
Updated: 2004-09-07 05:44

Fiji's Vijay Singh won a head-to-head matchup with Tiger Woods on Monday to end his record reign as the world's top-ranked golfer.

Tournament winner Vijay Singh poses with his Deutsche Bank Championship trophy in Norton, Massachusetts, September 6, 2004. Singh shot a 69 today, and a three day total of 268, defeating Tiger Woods and also to become the number one ranked player in the world. [Reuters]

Singh shot a two-under-par 69 to beat Woods and Adam Scott in the Deutsche Bank Championship, clinching the No. 1 ranking in the world with his sixth victory of the year.

"It feels great," said Singh. "I can't wait to celebrate."

Tiger Woods tips his hat to the crowd on the 18th hole during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Massachusetts, September 6, 2004. [Reuters]

Woods had been first for more than five years, since Aug. 8, 1999.

"That's not too bad, is it?" Woods asked. "I've had a good run."

The once-dominant Woods has been struggling recently - especially in golf's major tournaments - but the computer rankings that determine the rankings factor in performance over the past two years.

Singh is the top winner on the PGA tour this year with six victories, and $7,889,566 in earnings. He needed only to finish ahead of Woods to take over the No. 1 ranking that he has been closing in on all year.

Singh took a three-stroke lead into Monday's final round, but he and Woods were tied at 13 under par after Singh bogeyed the 13th hole. Woods bogeyed the next hole and Singh birdied 15 to pull ahead by two strokes before adding birdies on the final two holes to finish 16 under and win the $900,000 first prize.

Trouble struck for Woods on the second hole. After his ball landed in the rocks in front of the green, Wood swung at the ball he hit a rock instead, jamming his wrist, breaking his club and costing himself a stroke.

Shaking off the pain, he punched his way up the hill, chipped onto the green and two-putted from 18 feet for a bogey.

"It hurt all day," Woods said.

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