Rory McIlroy may have ended his winless drought Sunday, but he made little progress in his attempt to return to the top spot in the world ranking.
Even with his dramatic victory at the Australian Open, McIlroy stayed at No. 6 in the latest Official World Golf Ranking, released Monday. Only 32 world-ranking points were available to the winner at Royal Sydney, so McIlroy remained more than .64 average points behind No. 5 Justin Rose.
Adam Scott moved ever closer to world No. 1 Tiger Woods after his blitz through Australia. After wins at the Australian PGA and Australian Masters, followed by a third-place finish at the World Cup and agonizing runner-up at the Australian Open, Scott now finds himself just 1.7 points behind Woods for the No. 1 ranking – the closest he has ever been to topping the rankings.
Woods should only extend his lead this week at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge, however, where world-ranking points will be available to the 18-man field. Woods is a five-time winner of this event with four other second-place finishes.
The only movement in the top 10 was No. 10 Jason Day, who flip-flopped spots with No. 11 Jason Dufner after a T-6 finish at the Australian Open.
Charl Schwartzel jumped from No. 21 to No. 18 with his title defense at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, while Hideki Matsuyama moved from No. 25 to No. 23 after his victory at the Japan Tour’s Casio World Open.
The rest of the top 10: Woods, Scott, Henrik Stenson, Phil Mickelson, Rose, McIlroy, Matt Kuchar, Steve Stricker, Brandt Snedeker and Day.