Kaymer eyes No. 1 as Woods slide continues

Marana (Arizona): While Martin Kaymer keeps his eye on rising to No. 1 in the world golf rankings, Tiger Woods will slide further after his first-round exit at the Accenture Match Play Championship.

Denmark`s Thomas Bjorn ousted Woods from the elite World Golf Championships event on Wednesday and Woods, currently ranked third in the world, will drop to either fourth or fifth when the new rankings are announced next week.

Northern Ireland`s Graeme McDowell, who lost in the third round on Friday, is still assured of overtaking Woods, while England`s Luke Donald, who is through to the quarter-finals, also has a chance.

Either way, Woods will drop to his lowest world ranking in nearly 14 years. The last time Woods was ranked lower than third was in April 1997.

Kaymer overtook Woods for the number two ranking with a victory in Abu Dhabi in January.

Woods had been toppled by Lee Westwood of England from the number one spot last October 31 -- ending a five-year reign by the US superstar.

Woods hasn`t won a tournament since the Australian Masters in November of 2009 -- after which he was embroiled in a sex scandal that eventually ended his marriage.

Now Kaymer has a chance to unseat Westwood, who lost Thursday, with victories in two more matches at Dove Mountain, starting with his quarter-final clash against Spain`s Miguel Angel Jimenez.

Bureau Report