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Rory's birthday plans: Check world rankings

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SAN FRANCISCO – Rory McIlroy said he will spend his 26th birthday on Monday at home with his parents and a friend before heading up to TPC Sawgrass on Wednesday for The Players.

He’ll also take a moment to check the Official World Golf Ranking website, although there will be no surprise where he is listed.

“Every Monday morning I go onto the website and look at what my lead is,” he said. “Tomorrow will be the same. It’s nice to be in that position.”

McIlroy’s victory at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play was worth 76 points, increasing his average in the ranking to 12.624, 3.63 points better then No. 2 Jordan Spieth.

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“It’s nice to have that healthy lead and I just want to keep increasing it,” said McIlroy, who has held the top spot since winning last year’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. “Obviously, I’ve done that today and I’ll have more opportunities to do the same thing, but ultimately it’s about wins. It’s still nice to check on a Monday morning.”

McIlroy also outlined his schedule for the next few weeks. The WGC-Cadillac Match Play was the first of five events in a row, including The Players, Wells Fargo Championship, BMW PGA Championship and Irish Open.