Tiger Woods moves to 50th in rankings

Updated: November 13, 2011, 10:15 PM ET
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Bolstered by a third-place finish at the Australian Open on Sunday, Tiger Woods rose in the Official World Golf Rankings for the first time in seven months.

Woods, who carded a final-round 67 and came within a shot of the lead on the back-nine Sunday in Sydney, now stands 50th in the world. He started the week 58th.

The last time Woods headed north in the rankings came on April 10, 2011 after he finished tied for fourth at the Masters.

The former world No. 1 is playing this week at the Presidents Cup, where no rankings points will be awarded. However, the following week Woods tees it up at the Chevron World Challenge that he hosts in Southern, Calif. Although the field size is small, world rankings points are awarded.

Luke Donald continued his hold on the No. 1 spot in the world rankings with Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Steve Stricker rounding out the top five.

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