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  • Spieth back to No. 1; Mickelson out of top 25

    Lefty falls out of the top 25 for the first time since 1995

  • Jordan Spieth tied for seventh at the HSBC Champions. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images) Jordan Spieth tied for seventh at the HSBC Champions. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

For the fourth time in three months Jordan Spieth is No. 1 in the world. The 22-year-old supplanted Jason Day atop the Official World Golf Ranking by virtue of his tie for seventh at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions.

“It was certainly a goal coming into this week,” Spieth said. “I didn't know what it was going to take but I knew if I had a good week, it would be an improvement on a couple years ago. I knew I could go somewhere with it.”

Day, who hasn’t played since the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola and whose wife is expecting the couple’s second child any minute, dropped to No. 2, while Rory McIlroy remained at No. 3.

“Everyone is pushing each other a little bit, and when that No. 1 ranking slips away, it leaves you a little -- it leaves some unrest in you and you really want to get back at it,” Spieth said. “I think it's going to be really good for us and for golf.”

On the other end of the spectrum is Phil Mickelson, who fell out of the top 25 for the first time since 1995.

The 45-year-old, who split from longtime coach Butch Harmon last week, dropped to 27th, his lowest ranking since August 1994. To put that in perspective, Spieth was born a year earlier.

Mickelson has never been No. 1 in the world, but he has been No. 2 a record 270 weeks.