Tiger stays No. 1 as Mickelson crumbles

Despite the highest score of his career, Tiger Woods will stay

No. 1 in the world for another week.

Phil Mickelson had a chance to become No. 1 in the world ranking

for the first time in his career after Woods tied for 78th at the

Bridgestone Invitational. That meant Mickelson needed only to

finish alone in fourth place Sunday, and he started the final round

four shots out of the lead.

Instead, he three-putted from four feet on the ninth hole and

shot a 41 on the back nine. He made only one birdie and shot


It was the first time since the 1998 British Open that Woods and

Mickelson both shot 77 or higher.

Mickelson will have another chance to go to No. 1 next week at

the PGA Championship.