Mickelson, Westwood paired at HSBC Champions

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The new world's number one golfer England's Lee Westwood, walks through Heathrow Airport in London en-route to Shanghai China Monday Nov. 1, 2010. Westwood assumed the top ranking Sunday to end a record run by Tiger Woods, who had been the world's No. 1 golfer for 281 weeks.(AP Photo)  **  UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO INTERNET NO MAGS  **
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The new world's number one golfer England's Lee Westwood, walks through Heathrow Airport in London en-route …

In his first tournament as the world's No. 1 player, Lee Westwood will be paired at the HSBC Champions with the player who missed out on a dozen chances to top the world rankings.

Westwood will play with Masters champion Phil Mickelson, plus former PGA champion Y.E. Yang, when the World Golf Championship event starts Thursday at Sheshan International.

Defending champion Mickelson played 12 tournaments this year with a chance to replace Tiger Woods at No. 1. Instead, it was Westwood who claimed the top spot this week despite playing once in three months while recovering from injury.

Woods will play with Ernie Els and U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell.

Westwood, Mickelson, Woods and PGA champion Martin Kaymer all have a shot at being No. 1 depending on their performances in Shanghai.

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