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LEE WESTWOOD is not yet certain to go to world number one later this month – Martin Kaymer could deny him.

Although Westwood will overtake Tiger Woods on October 31 – assuming, that is, neither plays before then – Kaymer’s decision to enter the Andalucia Valderrama Masters in Spain that same week now gives him the chance to leapfrog both.

The 25-year-old German moved up to fourth in the world with his third successive European Tour victory in the Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews on Sunday.

Westwood, hampered by a recurrence of his leg injury all week, needed a top-two finish to move ahead of Woods, who has led the rankings since June 2005.

Even a top-seven finish would have guaranteed that Westwood took over as number one this coming Sunday given he was pulling out of his Portugal Masters title defence this week to rest his calf, but a disappointing closing 73 dropped him to 11th.


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