McIlroy officially No. 1; Woods 16th


Golf has a new No. 1 player. By virtue of his win at the Honda Classic on Sunday, Rory McIlroy ascended to the top of the Official World Golf Ranking.

The 22-year-old became the first Ulsterman to take over the spot, supplanting Luke Donald. McIlroy is the second-youngest player to be No. 1, behind Tiger Woods. Woods, who was runner-up in his first professional start at PGA National, moved up five places to No. 16. Westwood, who closed with 63 to take solo fourth place, is third.

Joint runner-up Tom Gillis posted his career-best PGA Tour finish and moved up 112 spots to No. 157 in the world.

Through a quirk of the ranking formula, Jason Day moved up three spots to seventh. Masters champion Charl Schwartzel improved to No. 9 from 12th on the heels of his T-5 finish. Adam Scott fell out of the top 10 for the first time since the week before his win at Firestone last August.

In the race to remain inside the top 50 to earn a Masters berth, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano is No. 50 and Miguel Angel Jimenez is No. 51.