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Tiger Woods rises to No. 17 in world

Updated: January 30, 2012, 6:13 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are again back-to-back in the world golf ranking.

But there's plenty of players ahead of them.

Boosted by Sunday's top-five finish at Abu Dhabi, Woods rose eight spots from last week to No. 17. He started the year ranked 23rd.

Mickelson, who missed the cut at the PGA Tour's Farmers Insurance Open, fell one slot to 16th.

Rory McIlroy, who finished a shot back in second at the European Tour event, rose to No. 2, supplanting Lee Westwood, ...

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