Thursday 8 December 2016

McIlroy hands Spieth No 1 spot - for a week

James Corrigan

Published 08/09/2015 | 02:30

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits a tee shot on the 17th hole during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits a tee shot on the 17th hole during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship

Rory McIlroy has lost the world No 1 tag to Jordan Spieth, despite the latter missing the cut at the Deutsche Bank Championship, which finished yesterday.

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Courtesy of the vagaries of the system, though, McIlroy will top the rankings again next week.

McIlroy missed the top-10 finish he needed in Boston to stay ahead of Spieth but with a final-day 66 he secured the top-44 placing required to ensure that the American's second stint at the summit would last only six days.

However, McIlroy said: "People aren't blind. They can see who's playing the best golf - and right now it isn't me."

He was presumably referring to Jason Day, the Australian who had won three of his four previous events to Boston, including the US PGA Championship.

Spieth has missed two cuts in as many weeks and is even more out of sorts than McIlroy (pictured), who fared commendably considering this was his second event in 10 weeks because of the ankle ligament he tore in July.

"I holed some putts finally and really got it going on the front nine, then it was sort of back to the same old stuff that I had been doing the rest of the week - giving myself chances and not really converting any," McIlroy told the Golf Channel.

Rickie Fowler battled back to record a one-stroke victory from Henrick Stenson with a final round of 68. Stenson's double-bogey five at the 16th proved crucial. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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