Tiger cuts No. 1 Rory McIlroy’s lead in world rankings by half
Doral, FL, United States (4E Sports) – World No. 2 Tiger Woods trimmed No. 1 Rory McIlroy’s lead in the world ranking by more than half after his victory in the WGC-Cadillac Championship Sunday at Doral.
Before winning at Doral, Woods trailed McIlroy by 2.61 average world ranking points.
However, the deficit was cut to just 0.99 after Woods bagged his 76th PGA Tour win with a two-stroke margin.
The margin would have been even closer had not for McIlroy’s bogey-free 65 in the final round to finish tied for eighth place.
This year, Woods boosted his Official World Golf Rankings to 128.044 with two PGA Tour wins so far this year. McIlroy has earned 12.729 total points so far this year.
However, it would be unlikely for Woods to take over McIlroy for the No. 1 spot before the Masters.
Woods will next play in Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill next week while McIlroy’s next start will be the week after Bay Hill at the Shell Houston Open.
Woods has not been No. 1 in the world since the end of October 2010, when Lee Westwood took over the top spot for the first time in his career.
Since Woods’ departure as No. 1, McIlroy, Westwood, Luke Donald and Martin Kaymer have all held the position.