McIlroy regains world No. 1, but Day is lurking


Rory McIlroy is No. 1 in the world again. For now.

Though he didn’t compete in the FedEx Cup Playoff-opening Barclays event, McIlroy surpassed Jordan Spieth for the top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking. Spieth, who was No. 1 for two weeks following his PGA Championship runner-up showing, missed the cut this past week and slipped to No. 2.

McIlroy’s advantage is now 0.14 points. Both men, however, could be jumped after this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship. Jason Day, who won The Barclays, can become No. 1 with a win at TPC Boston and if McIlroy and Spieth finish third or worse. Day is currently ranked third.

Current Official World Golf Ranking

There was little movement inside the top 10, outside of the shift at the top. Henrik Stenson jumped from ninth to eighth, bumping Rickie Fowler down a spot.

Thomas Pieters made the biggest move. The 2012 individual NCAA champion won the Czech Masters on the European Tour to move 104 spots to 141st.

Tiger Woods is now 266th, down nine spots and sandwiched between Haydn Porteous and Kazuhiro Yamashita.

Here is a look at the current top 10: 1. McIlroy, 2. Spieth, 3. Day, 4. Bubba Watson, 5. Justin Rose, 6. Jim Furyk, 7. Dustin Johnson, 8. Stenson, 9. Fowler, 10. Sergio Garcia.