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                 === Woods extends lead atop world rankings ===
 
 Philadelphia, PA (Sports  Network) - Tiger Woods cruised to a 7-stroke victory
 at the WGC - Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday to increase his lead atop this
 week's world golf rankings.
 
 Woods essentially sealed the tournament with a magnificent 61 on Friday and he
 cruised  through the  weekend to continue his domination of that event. Woods,
 who  claimed his  fifth win of the  season on Sunday, earned his eighth career
 victory at Firestone Country Club.
 
 Woods  is  the only PGA  Tour player  to win two  events at least eight times,
 having also done so at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
 
 With  his 79th  PGA Tour win, Woods increased  his hold over the No. 1 spot in
 the rankings by 1.73 average points over British Open winner Phil Mickelson.
 
 The  top  nine golfers overall stayed  the same with Woods and Mickelson again
 being  followed by  Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Adam Scott, Matt Kuchar, Brandt
 Snedeker, Graeme McDowell and Luke Donald.
 
 Keegan  Bradley and  Henrik Stenson finished in a distant second to Woods this
 week  to jump up  to 10th and 11th, respectively. Bradley moved up seven spots
 and Stenson vaulted eight in the rankings.
 
 That  caused a lot  of movement behind them as Lee Westwood and Steve Stricker
 each dropped two spots to Nos. 12 and 13, while Charl Schwartzel and Ernie Els
 dropped a spot apiece to 14th and 15th.
 
 Louis  Oosthuizen plummeted  four spots to 16th, Ian Poulter and Sergio Garcia
 each  dropped  two places to 17th  and 18th, and  Bubba Watson fell a place to
 19th. Jason Day stayed put to round out the top 20.
 
 Gary  Woodland earned  his second career win at the PGA Tour's Reno-Tahoe Open
 to  jump  116 spots  to 152nd, while  Ben Martin  also made a  big jump in the
 rankings  with his second Web.com Tour title of the year at the Mylan Classic,
 moving up 69 spots to 161st.
 
 
 08/05 12:56:24 ET