McIlroy can return to No. 1 despite not playing

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EDISON, N.J. – The consolation for Jordan Spieth at the PGA Championship, where he finished three shots behind champion Jason Day, was ascending to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

This week’s Barclays will be Spieth’s first event atop the world ranking, a title he said he is still getting comfortable with.

“I don't know the feeling of trying to hold No. 1 because now you're the one with the target and everyone else is chasing towards that position,” he said on Tuesday at Plainfield Country Club.

“But again, it can change in two weeks’ time, so I'm aware of that. And that bit of fear on the back end of it is enough to get me going and to keep working hard.”


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Actually, according to Golf Channel research, Rory McIlroy, who Spieth overtook atop the world ranking, can reclaim the top spot this week despite the fact the Northern Irishman isn’t playing The Barclays.

If Spieth doesn't finish 14th or better McIlroy will retake the top spot.