Rory McIlroy made a late bogey on No. 17, missing a 5-footer for par, along with a 15-footer for birdie on No. 18, to join a three-way playoff with Rickie Fowler and D.A. Points (who he was paired with — it was a pretty thrilling duel watching the two on the back nine trade shots). Fowler hit an impressive approach shot on the first playoff hole, No. 18, to win with a birdie, leaving McIlroy with another top-three finish.
If it’s any consolation, Rory, who needed to finish seventh or better to dethrone Luke Donald, is back atop the world rankings. Donald placed third at last week’s Zurich Classic to topple Rory. It’s been a game of musical chairs for those two, who seem to switch places between No. 1 and No. 2 every week or two.
Rory, who was understandably disappointed, would have preferred winning to regaining the No. 1 world ranking.
“That’s nice,” said McIlroy in his post-loss presser when asked his thoughts on retaking the top spot in the OWGR, “It’s a little consolation. I would rather win the tournament, but yeah, it’s good. I want to try and play well for the next few weeks and try and solidify my spot there at No. 1 and hopefully start doing that next week and giving myself another chance to win.”
At some point, it’d be nice for Rory (or Luke or another player) to separate himself from the crowded pack and take a firm grasp as the best player in the world.
What do you think? Is it good for golf for a handful of different guys to reach No. 1? Or do you prefer one dominant player?
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