Spieth said Thursday he believes Jason Day actually deserves the top ranking.
“I believe that Jason is No. 1 right now,” Spieth said Thursday at the Deutsche Bank Championship. “I mean who would argue that after last week? He's playing the best of anybody right now. Until somebody dethrones him, hopefully me this week, he's still that guy to beat right now.”
Spieth is No. 2 in this week’s world ranking with Day at No. 3.
Day is looking to win this week for the fourth time in his last five starts. He was asked if he thought Spieth was right, that he, Day, is the real No. 1.
“I can't say that I am, because it just wouldn't feel right,” Day said.
Make no mistake, though, Day said he’s never been more confident, and he burns to be No. 1.
Who does McIlroy think should be No. 1 right now?
“If you went on the one-year system, then you got to say Jordan and then Jason,” McIlroy said.
McIlroy said Spieth’s two majors this year make him his pick as No. 1 in any short-term measurement. The Official World Golf Ranking is done on a two-year rolling window. McIlroy won the last two majors of last year.