Rory McIlroy wins first WGC event and takes over No. 1 ranking
Rory McIlroy is once again atop the golf world after defeating Sergio Garcia in a duel at Firestone on Sunday afternoon.
Earlier in the week at the Bridgestone Invitational Rory McIlroy laid the groundwork for what he wanted to do this week.
"I've never won a World Golf Championship," McIlroy said. "That's another thing. I've got three majors but never won one of these. That's another thing I'd like to knock off the list."
He can do that now.
He also provided another bit of foreshadowing.
"World No. 1 is a big goal of mine. There's a lot of stuff still to play for.
He can knock that one off the list, too.
With a final-round 66, McIlroy defeated Sergio Garcia by two at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational and current world No. 1 Adam Scott finished outside the top five which means McIlroy, the once and future king of golf, is now ranked No. 1 in the world.
Here's a look at all 17 men who have ascended to the No. 1 ranking in the world and how long each held the position.
Tiger Woods: 683
Greg Norman: 331
Nick Faldo: 97
Seve Ballesteros: 61
Luke Donald: 56
Ian Woosnam: 50
Nick Price: 44
Rory McIlroy: 39
Vijay Singh: 32
Lee Westwood: 22
Fred Couples: 16
David Duval: 15
Adam Scott: 11
Ernie Els: 9
Martin Kaymer: 8
Bernhard Langer: 3
Tom Lehman: 1
McIlroy shrank the field with his mammoth drives and drove the dagger in with some fine iron play and putting. He is everything (and more) everybody always said they thought he would be right now.
"What I'm really proud of this week is following up The Open with a performance like this," McIlroy told CBS' David Feherty. "I said straight after I didn't want any letdown. To perform like this I'm pretty satisfied."
In doing so McIlroy became just the second golfer ever to win a major and a WGC event in back-to-back weeks.
The PGA Championship has been put on notice. Fifth-gear Rory is better than all the other gears of every other golfer on the planet.
It's also difficult to not see the symmetry of the last few weeks regarding Tiger Woods and Rory. Tiger barely making cuts, withdrawing, and generally struggling. Rory cruising to wins with insane drives and world class putting.
I don't know if it's a passing of the torch because McIlroy's flame is already hot as hell, but it's something meaningful, something special even.
Enjoy this, folks, because as Tiger keeps proving, nothing lasts forever.
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