Rory McIlroy said Sunday that his birthday plans included waking up and checking the Official World Golf Ranking. Whenever he logs on, he'll find that he's still No. 1 - obviously - and that his lead over Jordan Spieth has increased.
With his WGC-Cadillac Match Play win, McIlroy jumped from 2.2 points ahead of Spieth to 3.6. In layman's terms, Spieth won't be catching McIlroy any time soon - not without a serious run of dominance in the world's biggest events. McIlroy rose to No. 1 and built this cushion by winning two World Golf Championships and two majors in the last 10 months.
There were no changes to the top 10 this week, although Jim Furyk was projected to pass Bubba Watson for No. 4 had he defeated Danny Willett in the WGC consolation match Sunday afternoon; he did not.
Speaking of Willett, who earned special temporary status on Tour with his win and an $126,000, he moved from 49th to 38th via his third-place finish. Gary Woodland, who lost to McIlroy in the final, jumped 20 spots, from No. 52 to No. 32.
And finally in the weekly Tiger Woods watch, the former No. 1 once again sat inactive and is now down the 125th, between Freddie Jacobsen and Andrew Dodt.
Here is your OWGR top 10 for the week of May 3: 1. Rory McIlroy, 2. Spieth, 3. Henrik Stenson, 4. Waston, 5. Furyk, 6. Justin Rose, 7. Jason Day, 8. Dustin Johnson, 9. Adam Scott, 10. Sergio Garcia.