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Clark, Noren earn Doral playing spots

By reaching the third round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship last week, Tim Clark played his way into next week's WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral.

The 15th-seeded Clark, who was ranked 61st in the world coming into the Match Play, upset No. 2 seed Adam Scott in the first round then took down No. 10 seed Thorbjorn Olesen in Round 2. Clark eventually lost to Ian Poulter, 5 and 3, in the third round. Those two victories earned him enough world rankings points to guarantee him a tee time next week in the no-cut WGC event.

Also advancing into the top 50 in the world rankings and thus a playing spot at Doral was Alexander Noren, whose 6 and 4 upset win against Dustin Johnson in the first round of the Match Play was enough to move him from 51st in the world rankings to 49th. Noren lost to Graeme McDowell, 1 up, in 20 holes in the second round.

Dropping out of the top 50 were Thomas Bjorn and David Toms. Players still have a chance to qualify for Doral by either moving into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking on March 4 or by being in the top 10 in the Race to Dubai standings for the European Tour's money list by the end of this week's tournaments.

As for the top of the world rankings, Nos. 1-7 remained unchanged as Rory McIlroy leads No. 2 Tiger Woods by a sizable margin. The pair are both playing this week at the Honda Classic, where McIlroy is the defending champion and Woods finished tied for second last year.

With his win at the WGC-Match Play on Sunday, Matt Kuchar jumped from 23 in the world into the top 10 at No. 8.