Adam Scott’s first run as world No. 1 ended at 11 weeks Monday when Rory McIlroy took back the top spot following his win at the WGC-Bridgestone in Akron, Ohio on Sunday.
This is McIlroy’s 40th week as the No. 1 player in the world, good for eighth since the World Gold Rankings began in 1986.
If he is able to maintain the position for the next four weeks, he’ll tie Zimbabwe’s Nick Price for the seventh-most weeks spent at No. 1.
In fact, if McIlroy can hold the position for any length of time, he has the chance to move up as high as fourth in the list of weeks spent at No. 1.
Currently Seve Ballesteros is fourth on that list with 61 weeks; followed by Luke Donald at 56 weeks and Ian Woosnam at 50 weeks.
Scott fell to second and Garcia bumped Henrik Stenson down to fourth, and Justin Rose to fifth. The Top 10 is backloaded by Americans; with Matt Kuchar sixth, Bubba Watson seventh, Jim Furyk eighth and Tiger Woods 10th.
Since only the top 65 players in the world were invited to the WGC-Brigestone, there were no major moves in terms of number of places attained, in the top 100.
Dustin Johnson, who announced last week he was taking the rest of the year off amid rumors of a failed drug test, fell one spot to 17th.