Rory McIlroy has spent 95 weeks of his career as world-number-one; but after a disappointing season he has hit his lowest world ranking since May 2014.
The Northern-Irishman began the year ranked second in the world but has slipped to eighth after failing to register a win. The last time McIlroy sat in a worse position was after THE PLAYERS Championship over three years ago.Embed from Getty Images
To knock the 28-year-old down two places to eighth, both Jason Day (ninth to sixth) and Rickie Fowler (10th to seventh) have jumped three places to leapfrog McIlroy after finishing fourth and tied second respectively at the BMW Championship. The top five remains unchanged.
Marc Leishman took home his third PGA Tour title at the same event and has been rewarded with a seven-place rise to his highest ever ranking of 15th. Justin Rose came joint runner-up alongside Fowler and moves a single place to sit one ahead of Leishman in 14th.Embed from Getty Images
A final round 64 from Tony Finau rocketed him up the leaderboard on the final day to tied seventh and he moves from 63rd to 53rd as a result. Nearby in tied ninth, Patrick Cantlay just did enough to move into qualification places for the TOUR Championship by entering the FedExCup top 30; a 12 place climb to 76th may now only seem a bonus.
American duo Lucas Glover (105th to 96th) and Chez Reavie (113th to 99th) both finished tied 12th at Conway Farms Golf Club and break into the top 100 alongside Satoshi Kodaira (101st to 93rd) after his fourth place finish at the Japan Golf Tour’s ANA Open. Yuta Ikeda won that same event and breaks the world’s top 50 at 49th from 62nd.
On the European Tour, Romain Wattel won the KLM Open for his maiden career title and rises over 200 places from 451st to 216th, whilst second-placed Austin Connelly moves over 150 places himself to 199th.
The full, updated, rankings can be found here.