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Hackney Still Best In World

(Editors: Following are highlights of movement in the State World Rankings as updated after last week's Forrest L. Wood Championship. Remember that the rankings have extra significance in that the Top 25-ranked anglers in the world after the Bassmaster Classic will qualify for the inaugural Cabela's Top Gun Championship. Top Gun will be held in Ft. Worth, Texas on Eagle Mountain Lake.)

Following are the State Farm World Rankings as updated after last week's Forrest L. Wood Championship (the FLW Tour's championship) on Hot Springs, Ark.'s Lake Hamilton.

> Greg Hackney finished 22nd there not a great finish, but it doesn't hurt him hardly at all in the rankings: His lead over No. 2 angler Marty Stone falls from 17 points to 15. Bottom line: Hackney is still No. 1 in the world by a wide margin.

> The rest of the Top 5 stay the same, except that Skeet Reese (now 3rd) and Kevin VanDam (now 4th) swap places.

> Brent Chapman, who finished 14th at the FLW Championship, is now 6th in the world. He's had two Top 20s and two Top 10s in his last five events.

> A 10th for Takahiro Omori at Hamilton helps move him up six spots and he's back in the Top 10 at 7th.

> A 5th at the Championship for South Carolina pro Anthony Gagliardi moves him into the Top 10 at 8th. Bear in mind that this little-known angler is this high up in the World Rankings because he's been fishing well for 2 years, so he's not a flash in the pan.

> A 21st at Hamilton on top of the 13th he had at the Potomac River helps Matt Herren move up one spot to 9th in the world. He trades places with Mike Iaconelli, who is now 10th.

> Dave Lefebre finished 32 out of 48 at the Championship, and that helps him drop five spots to 11th in the world.

> The Championship's bracket system helped Arkansas' Scott Suggs squeak into 19th at Hamilton, which in turn helps him move up three spots to 18th in the world.

> George Cochran's win helps him move up five spots, to 28th in the world. That puts him on the bubble for the Cabela's Top Gun Championship.

Top Gun Bubble:
Other anglers on the Top Gun bubble are: Tim Horton, David Walker, Toshinari Namiki, Jeff Kriet, Dean Rojas, Alton Jones, Jay Yelas, Brian Snowden, Davy Hite, Zell Rowland, and maybe Gerald Swindle. All of those anglers except Namiki, Jones and Jordon are fishing next week's Bassmaster Classic. After the Classic, the rankings will be updated to establish the final Top Gun field.


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