McIlroy befuddled by but not fretting over OWGR


NORTON, Mass. – Rory McIlroy is as befuddled as everyone else as to how the Official World Golf Ranking works, but he isn’t fretting over the likelihood he will lose his No. 1 ranking again at the end of the Deutsche Bank Championship.

If Jason Day doesn’t win Monday to take the No. 1 ranking from McIlroy, Spieth will likely take it back, even though Spieth missed the cut Saturday.

McIlroy shot an even-par 71 Sunday at TPC Boston that left him 66th as he signed his scorecard. To remain No. 1, he needs a top-10 finish without Day winning. If McIlroy isn’t top 10 and Day doesn’t win, Spieth will return to No. 1.

“It’s a mathematical system with algorithms and all sorts of different things,” McIlroy said after shooting an even-par 71 Sunday that left him 66th as he signed his scorecard. “I think everyone knows who the best player in the world is right now just based on current form, but it is what it is. It’s not something I really worry about.”

Day continues to show the best current form among the trio. He’s in the hunt again this week seeking to win for the fourth time in his last five starts.

McIlroy closed Sunday with back-to-back birdies to get himself back to even par. He says he’s still knocking rust off, especially with his putter. He had another three putt on Sunday, his fifth of the week. He took 32 putts Sunday, 34 on Saturday and 31 on Friday. McIlroy connected with his putting coach after the second round.

“I had a good chat with Dave Stockton last night,” McIlroy said. “He mentioned a couple things to me . . . I just need to go work on it. I just need to get back in the rhythm of it a little bit.”