LONDON - What seemed like a meaningless birdie on the final hole of the NEC Invitational will ensure that Tiger Woods keeps his No. 1 world ranking at least one week longer.
Woods remained atop the rankings for the 263rd consecutive week by finishing ahead of Vijay Singh at Firestone - Woods tied for second, Singh tied for 32nd.
That gave Woods 12.64 points in the latest ranking Monday, while Singh is at 11.82.
Woods was four shots behind in a three-way tie for third at the NEC Invitational when he hit his approach within 4 feet for birdie on the final hole. That gave him a final-round 69 and moved him into a two-way tie for second with Rory Sabbatini.
That was worth an extra 14.19 points for the world ranking equation.
Without that birdie, Singh would have taken over at No. 1 next week, even though neither of them is playing this week.
Both players are skipping the Buick Championship at Hartford, so the projected ranking for next week puts Woods at 12.09 points, and Singh at 11.91.
Woods next plays at the Deutsche Bank Championship.