Battle for No. 1

Westwood, Woods, Kaymer and Mickelson contend for golf's top spot

Westwood, Woods, Kaymer and Mickelson contend for golf's top spot

It's a virtually meaningless designation spit out by a computer. You have to admit, though, that No. 1 in the world means something. An elite quartet of golfers will decide this weekend who owns the distinction — temporarily, anyway. This weekend's HSBC Champions, a World Golf Championships event in Shanghai, brings the year's climactic battle for the top spot in the World Golf Rankings. Lee Westwood, who claimed the top spot this week for the first time, joins Tiger Woods, Martin Kaymer and Phil Mickelson in an elite field, and any one of that foursome could be atop the rankings come Monday. Westwood, having worked his way to the top, doesn't plan to go quietly. "I don't think I need to reinforce why I'm No. 1 in the world," he said after an opening 66. "I think you get there as a result of having good performances. But it's nice to go out there and show everybody that there is a particular reason why I got to that stage." Also at stake in this four-way battle: earning a target as the man to beat in 2011.

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