PALM HARBOR, Fla. – With Rory McIlroy taking a rest until the Masters and Luke Donald competing at the Transitions Championship, there’s a chance the No. 1 world ranking could change hands once again this week.
By Sunday evening, McIlroy’s average points will be 9.85. For Donald to reach that number, he will need to gain 49 points this week. While that isn’t a guarantee, last year’s winner Gary Woodland received 52 points at this event, so it’s likely that a Donald victory could push him past McIlroy once again.
Not that he’s looking ahead to that.
“I don't know if getting to No. 1 was that hugely important to me,” Donald said Wednesday. “I've always focused on putting myself into contention to try and win tournaments and hopefully majors, and obviously did that a lot last year; and as a consequence, I went to No. 1. But you know, it's nice being No. 1. I think there's a few bragging rights. The prestige is great. But it's not what I'm really focused on.”