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March 6 2012

10:00 PM

Westwood, Donald could reclaim No. 1

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

DORAL, Fla. -- Lee Westwood knows what it’s like to be No. 1 in the world, a position he held on two different occasions in 2010 and 2011 for a total of 13 weeks.

So what’s the hardest part about staying there, which is where Rory McIlroy is right now as the world’s top-ranked player?

”Being in media rooms and answering dumb questions,” Westwood joked. “There's nothing hard about being No. 1 in the world, no. If you don't enjoy that, then you need to take up another sport.”

When Westwood saw Luke Donald -- the player McIlroy replaced atop the Official World Golf Ranking -- on the driving range Tuesday, Donald said it was a bit of a relief because there’s only one way to go: Down.

“At least there’s more than one way to go at No. 2,” Donald said, according to Westwood.

That’s when Westwood’s caddie Billy Foster piped up and joked, “Yeah, No. 5.”

Kidding aside, Westwood or Donald could move back to No. 1 with a win here at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship.

”You're at the top there and everybody shoots at you but I think that's the position you want to be in,” Westwood said.

Is it harder to get there than stay there?

“No, I don't think so,” Westwood said. “It's pretty hard to get there.”

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