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Slip from top perch not a surprise for composed Tiger

other Updated: Nov 02, 2010 01:33 IST

Tiger Woods says he wasn't surprised to lose golf's No. 1 ranking to England's Lee Westwood after a disappointing year.

Westwood assumed the top ranking Sunday to end a record run by Woods, who had been the world's No. 1 golfer for 281 weeks. Woods on Monday said that in order to be ranked No. 1 you have to win "and I didn't win this year."

Woods played an exhibition at Yokohama Country Club on Monday against Japanese teenager Ryo Ishikawa. He was on the way to the HSBC Championship in Shanghai which starts Thursday at Sheshan International.

Woods had been No. 1 since the week before the 2005 U.S. Open, where he was runner-up. He won the British Open a month later and his ranking was rarely threatened since.

Woods’ Oz visit evokes little interest

Melbourne: Tiger Woods's star pulling power is on the wane -- if ticket sales for the Australian Masters in Melbourne are anything to go by.

Last year, when Woods won his first tournament in Australia for 11 years, the 20,000 general admission tickets for each of the four days were snapped up six weeks in advance.

But since then a wave of marital infidelity revelations have reshaped the public image of the American 14-time major-winner and tickets are still available at Victoria Golf Club for the November 11-14 event.

Woods has also just surrendered his world number one ranking to England's Lee Westwood after a five-year reign at the top.

David Rollo, Vice President-Director of Golf IMG Australia, whose company runs the Masters, put the weaker demand down to the waning novelty value of Woods's second straight year in Melbourne, rather than the American's headline-grabbing fall from grace.

"It was the first time he'd been here in 11 years and at that time I guess there were people who thought he may not be here for another chance to see him," Rollo said. "So from that point of view, there was no question last year was a unique set of circumstances." Rollo credits Woods with helping to create an impressive field for this year's Australian Masters.