McIlroy, Stenson can rise to world No. 1 this week


Rory McIlroy returned to the winner’s circle in a major championship.

His next step might be a return to world No. 1.

McIlroy is one of only two players who have a chance this week to supplant Adam Scott atop the Official World Ranking, according to Golf Channel world-ranking guru Alan Robison.

McIlroy needs 55 points to pass Scott. To do so, he needs to win this week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and have Scott finish outside the top 5. McIlroy was last ranked No. 1 in March 2013, but he had fallen outside the top 10 as recently as May.

Also with a (remote) chance this week: Henrik Stenson, who needs 73 points. He will rise to No. 1 for the first time if he wins at Firestone and Scott finishes outside the top 40 in the no-cut event.