Sep
12
2011
Rory Edges Closer to His Number-One Goal
By Stephanie Wei under European PGA Tour

Rory rises to No. 3

In his quest to attain the top of the world rankings (like his girlfriend), Rory McIlroy moved to a career-best No. 3, but called it a “consolation” after finishing third at the KLM Open in Holland. (Which serves as exhibit 2,343,352 that winning is more important to most players than a number.) Via the Belfast Telegraph:

McIlroy has replaced Martin Kamyer as No 3 in the world after the defending KLM Open champion missed the Dutch cut.

“Finishing third this week is a consolation more than anything, and it’s nice to have two thirds in a row because going into last week I wanted to improve my world ranking,” said McIlroy.

“But my competitive spirit is such that I would rather have gone to third in the world by winning this week.”

Well said.

McIlroy rallied in the final round, carding three birdies in a row early. He closed nicely, too, birdieing the last two holes, but McIlroy’s ten-under total wasn’t enough to catch Simon Dyson at 12-under.

No doubt in my mind Rory will reach the No. 1 ranking in the next six months. He’s also got the talent to separate himself and win nearly every week, but as they say, it’s golf.

(AP Photo/Ermindo Armino)