Rory McIlroy ended a 539-day wait for a win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and has climbed from 13th to seventh in the world rankings.

As a result the 28-year-old knocks all six players previously between him and seventh place down a spot, including Jason Day out of the top 10.

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McIlroy finished three-shots clear of second-placed Bryson DeChambeau in the end, who climbs 34 places of his own to 61st, just one place shy of his best ever ranking.

Behind DeChambeau was Justin Rose in third (unmoved from fifth) and Henrik Stenson in fourth (hops a single place to 14th). Marc Leishman broke up to tied seventh with a Sunday 67 and makes up the only other positive movement inside the top 20 – up one place to 15th.

With his third top 12 and second top five in a row, Tiger Woods has taken possibly the penultimate step towards a return to the world’s top 100 with a 44 place rise to 105th. His tied fifth counterpart, Ryan Moore, is up seven places himself, from 73rd to 66th.

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Three of the remaining top-10 finishers at Bay Hill, Luke List (69th to 67th), Sean O’Hair (124th to 106th) and Patrick Rodgers (158th to 134th) are on the move whilst Patrick Reed (23rd) and Kevin Chappell (37th) are at a standstill.

There are decent rises for Kyle Stanley from 55th to 49th, Byeong Hun An from 88th to 80th, Ollie Schniederjans from 81st to 79th and Lucas Glover from 101st to 97th after finishing tied 14th, tied 41st and tied 49th respectively in Florida.

In typical OWGR fashion, Daniel Berger (32nd to 30th), Tony Finau (34th to 33rd) and Patrick Cantlay (35th to 34th) all edge closer to the summit of the rankings despite no start in two weeks.

There was no European Tour event on the agenda last week but the Sunshine Tour held its Tour Championship with South Africans making up 21 of the top 22. Notably, Darren Fichardt ran out winner and rockets 50 places to 137th whilst Dean Burmester tied for third and has moved to 126th from 131st.

The full, updated, rankings can be found here.

It’s a WGC this week with the Dell Technologies Match Play coming from Austin Country Club, Texas, meaning big ranking points are back on offer.

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