After pushing for the Arnold Palmer Invitational title having nearly missed the cut, Rory McIlroy moves back to second in the world after a four week absence.
In only his second start since January, the 27-year-old scraped past the 36-hole cut by just two shots before a weekend 65 and 69 to finish in tied fourth and take a step back towards the number one spot he’s not held since September 2015.
Marc Leishman won at Bay Hill Club and Lodge for just his second PGA Tour title and rises 30 places in the rankings to 32nd, whilst Kevin Kisner and Charley Hoffman fell one shot shy in tied second but do take jumps from 46th to 38th and 71st to 48th respectively.
McIlroy was joined by Tyrrell Hatton in tied fourth whose exponential growth in the game continues as he solidifies his place in the world top 20 at 14th from 16th. Another rapid rise continues in Adam Hadwin who, after his Valspar Championship victory last week, extended his impressive form this season with a sixth place finish in Orlando and is reward with a place inside top 50 at 44th from 51st – only a month after sitting outside the top century.
Tied seventh at Bay Hill was Francesco Molinari, Emiliano Grillo and Lucas Glover who – at 33rd to 29th, 32nd to 30th and 157th to 119th – all earn a bump up the rankings.
There are three new entries into the world top 100 this week in Brian Harman, 104th to 96th, and Danny Lee, 103rd to 98th, who finished tied 13th and tied 17th at the PGA Tour event; whilst, despite no appearance this week, Andrew Johnston hangs on the century’s precipice up one place from 101st.
The PGA Tour of Australia’s Coca-Cola QLD PGA Championship was won by Daniel Pearce who climbs over 200 places to 442nd, Ben Leong won the Asian Development Tour’s PGM Northport Championship and shoots up 299 places to 532nd whilst Leonardo Lilja, winner of the Mena Golf Tour’s Palmeraie Country Club Casablanca Open, fails to breaks the top 1000 up 778 places from 1871st.
The full, updated, rankings can be found here.
Up this week is the second World Golf Championship event of the year, the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, at Austin Country Club which will feature 64 of the world’s elite and offer a substantial amount of world ranking points to high placers.