On Top Of The World: Young Rory McIlroy Regains Golf’s World Number One Ranking
It only took a couple of weeks from the last time he slipped out of the top spot, but with his stunning performance at the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow, Rory McIlroy is ranked number one in the world, once again. McIlroy has been playing a game of tag with friend Luke Donald, jumping back and forth from the top spot in golf’s world rankings. With Donald idle this past weekend, McIlroy set his eyes on the top ranking, needing only a top seven finish at the North Carolina based tournament to ensure he’d reign supreme once more. By losing in a playoff to fellow 23-year-old Rickie Fowler, McIlroy did that and then some. While McIlroy achieved the world number one ranking, the duo made names for themselves, letting the veterans know there is a crop of youngsters that are quickly becoming the players to beat.
McIlroy played tough all weekend long at the Wells Fargo Championship, leaving him in contention for the win on Sunday; a place where he always excels. Finishing the weekend with a final round 70 for a 14-under total left him in a playoff with Fowler and 35-year-old D.A. Points. On the first playoff hole McIlroy hit a tremendous 330-foot drive off the 18th tee, out driving both his competitors. Unfortunately however for McIlroy, Fowler’s approach shot was unbeatable, leaving him within five feet of the pin. Fowler birdied the hole outlasting both finalists who finished with pars. This was Fowler’s first American victory on the PGA tour. While McIlroy is happy with his world number one ranking and thrilled to see young Fowler get that coveted first win, he had eyes on winning the Wells Fargo himself.
“I suppose it is a sort of consolation to return to world No 1,” McIlroy said. “But I wanted to win the tournament. I’m pleased for Rickie. He’s so talented and deserves this. I’m sure this will be a springboard for him.”
His runner-up finish at the Wells Fargo Championships was McIlroy’s sixth top five finish in the seven tournaments he has competed in this year. Next up for Rory: The Players Championship. With that kind of record and as the reigning world number one ranked golfer, it’s hard to argue anyone being more of a favorite to win the Players than McIlroy.
Good luck to McIlroy at TPC Sawgrass and congratulations on being the world’s highest ranked golfer…again!