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World No. 1 golfers, in pictures

Take a look back at the men who have held the title of the world's No. 1 golfer since 1986.

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March 4, 2012 - Rory McIlroy becomes the new World No. 1 after winning the Honda Classic, holding off Tiger Woods to win in south Florida.

Published on March 4, 2012

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Luke Donald cleared Justin Rose and Paul Lawrie by four shots to win his second consecutive BMW PGA Championship title.

Published on May 27, 2012

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May 29, 2011 – Luke Donald holds the trophy and holds his finger in the air to show that he's the new world's number one golfer at the BMW PGA Championship 2011 - May 29, 2011.

Published on May 29, 2011

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Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his tee shot on the fifth hole during the third round of the Wells Fargo Championship.

Published on May 5, 2012

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Luke Donald watches his tee shot on the second tee in the Zurich Classic at the TPC Louisiana course in Avondale, La.

Published on April 29, 2012

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Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, hits out of a bunker on the 10th hole during the third round of the Masters.

Published on April 7, 2012

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Luke Donald pumps his fist after winning the Transitions Championship on the first hole of a four-way playoff in 2012. Transitions has been replaced by EverBank as the title sponsor.

Published on March 18, 2012

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April 24, 2011 – Lee Westwood of England watches his tee shot at the 7th hole during the final round of Indonesian Masters at Royale Jakarta GC in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday, April 24, 2011. Westwood took over as No. 1 on the World Golf Rankings.

Published on May 29, 2011

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Feb. 27, 2011 – Martin Kamyer of Germany studies his line to the pin from the rough on the 8th green while playing Luke Donald of England during the finals of the Match Play Championship golf tournament Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in Marana, Ariz.

Published on May 29, 2011

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Oct. 31, 2010 - Lee Westwood of England practices the Tai Chi Sword at a press conference for the HSBC Golf Champions 2010 on the Bund in Shanghai, China, Nov. 2, 2010.

Published on May 29, 2011

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June 12, 2005 - Tiger Woods smiles as he cleans his club on the 6th hole during practice for the 105th U.S. Open Championship at the Pinehurst Resort and CC in Pinehurst, NC Monday, June 13, 2005.

Published on May 29, 2011

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May 22, 2005 - Vijay Singh of Fiji follows through on a tee drive on the Tournament Players Course during the first round of the Byron Nelson Championship in Irving, Texas, Thursday, May 12, 2005.

Published on May 29, 2011

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April 10, 2005 - Tiger Woods, right, get the Green Jacket from Phil Mickelson, left, last years Masters champion, after Woods won the 2005 Masters in a playoff at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., Sunday, April 10, 2005.

Published on May 29, 2011

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March 20, 2005 - Vijay Singh of Fiji reacts after teeing off on the first hole in the final round of the Bay Hill Invitational Sunday, March 20, 2005, in Orlando, Fla.

Published on May 29, 2011

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March 6, 2005 - Tiger Woods pumps is fist on the 17th green during the final round at Ford Championship at Doral Sunday, March 6, 2005.

Published on May 29, 2011

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Sept. 6, 2004 - Vijay Singh smiles at Tiger Woods as they shake hands on the 18th green after Singh won the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston in Norton, Mass. Monday, Sept. 6, 2004 by three strokes over Tiger Woods and Adam Scott. Singh won a head-to-head matchup with Woods to end his record reign atop golf's ultimate leaderboard. Singh shot a 69 clinching the No. 1 ranking in the world with his sixth victory of the year. Woods had been first for more than five years - a record 264 consecutive weeks.

Published on May 29, 2011

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Aug. 15, 1999 - Tiger Woods celebrates after winning the 81st PGA Championship at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill., on Sunday, Aug. 15, 1999. Woods would claim the world's No. 1 golfer ranking and hold it for 264 consecutive weeks.

Published on May 29, 2011

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Aug. 8, 1999 - David Duval follows his tee shot on the third hole of his 18-hole match against Tiger Woods at Sherwood CC in Thousand Oaks , Calif., Monday, Aug. 2, 1999. The $1.5 million "Showdown at Sherwood," a one-round, match-play duel between the world's two highest-ranked golfers, is the first golf event televised live in prime time by a network.

Published on May 29, 2011

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July 4, 1999 - Tiger Woods takes a large clump of grass as he chips onto the 12th green during the first round of the 128th Open Golf Championship at Carnoustie, Scotland, Thursday, July 15, 1999.

Published on May 29, 2011

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March 28, 1999 - David Duval holds the winning trophy and gives a thumbs up after winning The Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., on Sunday, March 28, 1999. Duval closed with a 1-over 73 to finish at 285, the highest winning score in the Players since it moved to the TPC at Sawgrass in 1982.

Published on May 29, 2011

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June 14, 1998 - Tiger Woods talks with his caddie, Mike "Fluff" Cowan, before teeing off on No. 2 during the final round of the PGA Championship at the Sahalee CCin Redmond, Wash., on Sunday, Aug. 16, 1998.

Published on May 29, 2011

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May 17/April 12, 1998 - South Africa's Ernie Els watches his shot after teeing off during a practice round for the Match Play Championship at Wentworth GC, England Tuesday, October 13, 1998.

Published on May 29, 2011

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May 10, 1998 - Tiger Woods hits from the fairway on the 2nd hole during the final round of the BellSouth Classic in Duluth, Ga., Sunday, May 10, 1998. Woods, who had not won a tournament in the last ten months, shot a 72 to beat Jay Don Blake by one stroke.

Published on May 29, 2011

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Jan. 11, 1998 - Tiger Woods, center foreground, is surrounded by security as he walks to the first green followed by hundreds of fans during an exhibition game with three other golfers from Asia at the Mimosa Golf and CC at the former U.S. Air Force Base of Clark, 50 miles northwest of Manila, Sunday January 18, 1998. Woods, here for the first time, carded a 71, one under par to win by three strokes against his Filipino rival Felix Casas.

Published on May 29, 2011

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Sept. 7, 1997 - Greg Norman lines up his shot from under a tree during second round Bell Canadian Open Friday, Sept. 5, 1997 in Montreal. Norman finished at two-under par.

Published on May 29, 2011

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July 6, 1997 - Twenty-one-year-old Tiger Woods enjoys a laugh with his mother, Kultida, after winning the Western Open at Cog Hill Golf & CC in Lemont, Ill., Sunday, July 6, 1997. Woods is the second-youngest person in the history of pro golf to reach six victories. Horton Smith, who played in the 1920s, had seven before he turned 21.

Published on May 29, 2011

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June 29, 1997 - Greg Norman celebrates his birdie putt on the 18th hole to win the St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tenn., on Sunday, June 29, 1997. Norman finished with a 16-under-par 268, one stroke ahead of Dudley Hart.

Published on May 29, 2011

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June 22, 1997 - Ernie Els of Fancourt, South Africa, kisses the trophy after winning the Buick Classic at Westchester CC in Harrison, N.Y. Sunday, June 22, 1997. Els, who finished at 16-under-par 268, tied the tournament record.

Published on May 29, 2011

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June 15, 1997 - Tiger Woods helps a youngster participating in the Tiger Woods Foundation Junior Golf Clinic Monday, June 16, 1997, on Randall's Island in New York. Thirty of the most talented young golfers from among several hundred had the opportunity to be personally coached by Woods. They were chosen by the National Minority Golf Association and represent 25 community organizations from the New York area.

Published on May 29, 2011

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April 27, 1997 - Greg Norman blasts the ball out of the bunker during the final round of the Spanish Open in Madrid's La Moraleja course Sunday April 27, 1997. Norman finished second behind England's Mark James.

Published on May 29, 2011

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April 20, 1997 - Tom Lehman hits from the twelfth fairway during the final round of the U.S. Open Sunday, June 15, 1997, at the Congressional CC in Bethesda, Md.

Published on May 29, 2011

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June 18, 1995 - Greg Norman poses with the winners trophy after it was presented to him for winning the Greater Hartford Open at the Tournament Players Club golf course in Cromwell, Conn., Sunday, June 25, 1995. Norman won the tournament with a 13-under-par 267 for the four rounds.

Published on May 29, 2011

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Aug. 14, 1994 - South African Nick Price tees off during a practice round for Friday’s Presidents Cup, at the Robert Trent Jose Golf Club in Gainesville, VA., on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 1994. Price will lead an international team against a U.S. Team in the match play tournament.

Published on May 29, 2011

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Feb. 6, 1994 - Greg Norman of Australia holds up his trophy after winning the Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Sunday, March 27, 1994. He won with a record breaking 24-under-par.

Published on May 29, 2011

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July 19/March 29, 1992 - Britain's Nick Faldo kisses the British Open championship trophy he won at Muirfield in Scotland, July 19, 1992.

Published on May 29, 2011

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April 5/March 22, 1992 - Fred Couples gives the thumbs up after getting his green jacket Sunday, April 12, 1992 after winning the 1992 Masters at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. Couples won his first at a major with a score of 13-under-par.

Published on May 29, 2011

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April 7, 1991 - Ian Woosnam from Wales, reacts to his putt for par on the 18th green, to win the 1991 Masters, at the Augusta National GC, on April 14, 1991.

Published on May 29, 2011

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Feb. 3, 1991 - Britian's Nick Faldo swings to blast off from the seventh tee over the sand dunes and scrub on the Royal Birkdale course, Southport, England Wednesday, July 17, 1991. Faldo was preparing for defending his Open title on the course Thursday when this year's competition starts.

Published on May 29, 2011

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Oct. 14, 1990 - Greg Norman chips from the rough on the 8th green during the first round of the Doral-Ryder Open in Miami, Fla., Thursday, March 1, 1990.

Published on May 29, 2011

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Sept. 2, 1990 - Nick Faldo teeing off at the U.S. Open in Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois on June 15, 1990.

Published on May 29, 2011

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Aug. 20, 1989 - Australia's Greg Norman contemplates his putt during opening round of Four Tours World Championship of Golf at the Yomiuri Country Club Course, west of Tokyo, Nov. 2, 1989 in Inagi, Japan. Norman, as the captain of the Australia-New Zealand team in the team competition among four PGA Tours from the U.S., Europe, Australia-New Zealand and Japan, scored 68, helping his team beat Japan. His caddie Bruce Edwards looks on.

Published on May 29, 2011

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Feb. 3, 1991 - Britian's Nick Faldo swings to blast off from the seventh tee over the sand dunes and scrub on the Royal Birkdale course, Southport, England Wednesday, July 17, 1991. Faldo was preparing for defending his Open title on the course Thursday when this year's competition starts.

Published on May 29, 2011

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Oct. 14, 1990 - Greg Norman chips from the rough on the 8th green during the first round of the Doral-Ryder Open in Miami, Fla., Thursday, March 1, 1990.

Published on May 29, 2011

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Sept. 2, 1990 - Nick Faldo teeing off at the U.S. Open in Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois on June 15, 1990.

Published on May 29, 2011

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Aug. 20, 1989 - Australia's Greg Norman contemplates his putt during opening round of Four Tours World Championship of Golf at the Yomiuri Country Club Course, west of Tokyo, Nov. 2, 1989 in Inagi, Japan. Norman, as the captain of the Australia-New Zealand team in the team competition among four PGA Tours from the U.S., Europe, Australia-New Zealand and Japan, scored 68, helping his team beat Japan. His caddie Bruce Edwards looks on.

Published on May 29, 2011

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April 2, 1989 - Seve Ballesteros, of Spain, reacts after chipping into the hole on the second hole during final round play of the Masters at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, April 9, 1989. Ballesteros' charge put him as one of the early leaders.

Published on May 29, 2011

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March 26, 1989 - Greg Norman watches his shot during practice for the Masters at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia on Monday, April 4, 1989.

Published on May 29, 2011

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Nov. 6, 1988 - Greg Norman hands his club to his caddy on number two green after he made birdie during final round of the Masters at the Augusta National Golf Club, April 10, 1988.

Published on May 29, 2011

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Nov. 29, 1987 - Watched by an attentive audience, defending Open Champion Greg Norman, tees off during a practice round , before the start of the Open Golf Championships, at Muirfield, Scotland, on July 15, 1987.

Published on May 29, 2011

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Nov. 22, 1987 - Severiano Ballesteros waits to tee off during play in the third round of the Open Golf Championship, at Muirfield, Scotland, on July 18, 1987.

Published on May 29, 2011

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Sept. 14, 1986 - Greg Norman keeps his eye on the ball after his shot from number 5 tee during third round play of the Masters Tournament at Augusta, Ga., April 11, 1987.

Published on May 29, 2011

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April 27, 1986 - Severiano Ballesteros in play around 1987.

Published on May 29, 2011

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April 6, 1986 - Bernhard Langer, right, last year's Masters champion, and Arnold Palmer, left, a four-time winner, chat as they played in a practice round at the Augusta National Golf Club on Tuesday, April 9, 1986.

Published on May 29, 2011