The four-time major winner is back atop the rankings for the first time since July 2020—when he was supplanted by Spain’s Jon Rahm
Rory McIlroy at Congaree Golf Club. Pic/Getty Images
Rory McIlroy held on for a one-stroke victory in the US PGA Tour CJ Cup on Sunday to return to the top of the world rankings for the ninth time in his career. Three late birdies proved crucial when the Northern Ireland star bogeyed the last two holes but still edged American Kurt Kitayama.
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The four-time major winner is back atop the rankings for the first time since July 2020—when he was supplanted by Spain’s Jon Rahm. He ousted American Scottie Scheffler, who finished tied for 45th on Sunday to see his 30-week stint at the summit end. “It means a lot,” McIlroy said, with a little catch in his throat. “You know, this tournament last year was the start of me trying to build myself back up to this point. I had a really rough Ryder Cup.”
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