McIlroy strengthens lead in OWGR; Tiger 2nd


Tiger Woods on Monday returned to No. 2 in the Official World Ranking, though the gap between him and red-hot Rory McIlroy grew wider still.

With a T-4 at the BMW Championship – his second consecutive top-4 finish in the FedEx Cup playoffs – Woods knocked Luke Donald out of the No. 2 spot. He last held that position in August at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Lee Westwood remained at No. 4, while Adam Scott moved up a spot, to No. 5.

Webb Simpson, Jason Dufner, Bubba Watson, Justin Rose and Louis Oosthuizen filled out Nos. 6-10, respectively. Phil Mickelson jumped from No. 22 to No. 15 after a T-2 finish at Crooked Stick.

As for McIlroy, his dominating performance in the FedEx Cup playoffs has created a comfortable margin in the world ranking. By recording back-to-back wins at the Deutsche Bank Championship and BMW, McIlroy now leads Woods by 3.168 points.

“Right now he’s just playing really well, and he’s making a ton of putts,” Woods said of McIlroy. “That’s a great combo.” 

Note: Watch Rory McIlroy on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon' tonight at 12:35 a.m. ET on NBC.