Tiger Woods chases No. 1 ranking ahead of season's final major

    American golfer Tiger Woods moved up to second in the world rankings with his third-place finish at the British Open last month.

    Story highlights

    • World No. 2 Tiger Woods has Luke Donald in his sights at WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
    • American will return to top if he wins the PGA Tour event for the eighth time
    • Woods dropped as low as 58th but third place at British Open continued his steady resurgence
    • He will be playing alongside the only other three-time winner of 2012, Branden Grace
    Tiger Woods has not held golf's No. 1 ranking since October 2010, but he is now within touching distance of adding to his record 623 weeks at the top.
    The 14-time major champion can topple Luke Donald by winning the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational tournament for the eighth time as long as the Englishman finishes no higher than third come Sunday.
    "It would be nice to get back there because obviously it meant that as far as I had dropped, to build my way back up to this point, I've had some wins, I've had some very high finishes, I've been consistent," said Woods, who dropped as low as 58th following his well-publicized divorce and injury problems.
    "That's how you get to be one of the top players in the world. To be ranked as low as I did and then come all the way back to, as of right now, No. 2, that's pretty good."
    Woods has finished tied for 40th, 21st and third in the three majors ahead of this season's final one -- next week's PGA Championship at Kiawah Island.
    He tops the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings after three tournament victories which have taken him to second on the all-time list with 74.