McIlroy returns to world No. 1 entering BMW


The Official World Golf Ranking calculators are at it again.

Despite the fact that neither player teed it up last week, Rory McIlroy again overtook Jordan Spieth at the top of the world rankings. McIlroy enters the BMW Championship with an 11.9826 point average, while Spieth's average is 11.9596.

This is the fourth consecutive week that McIlroy and Spieth have traded places at the top, marking the first such streak in the rankings since 1997. Both are among the 70-man field this week at Conway Farms, meaning that the top spot will again be up for grabs.

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The rest of the top 10 remained unchanged. Jason Day, Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler round out the top five, while Nos. 6-10 are Henrik Stenson, Jim Furyk, Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson and Sergio Garcia

With the PGA Tour in a bye week, there was not much movement among the top 50 players in the world. Thomas Pieters' win at the KLM Open, his second European Tour victory in the last three weeks, vaulted the Belgian from No. 141 to No. 88.

Thanks to a final-round 62, Henrik Norlander notched his first Tour victory at the first stop of the Tour finals, which moved the Swede from No. 545 to No. 279 - just ahead of Tiger Woods, who fell 11 spots to No. 283 as his offseason continues.