His victory at the DP World Champions saw Henrik Stenson rise from No. 4 to No. 2 in the latest official World Golf Rankings released late Sunday.
Stenson displaced Adam Scott, who fell to No. 3. Rory McIlroy, who finished tied for second in Dubai, remains the No. 1 player in the world
Stenson was No. 3 in the world at the end of 2013 after winning both the Race to Dubai and the FedEx Cup.
Also moving up one spot was Spain’s Sergio Garcia, from No. 6 to No. 5. France’s Victor Dubuisson, who tied for second at Dubai with McIlroy and Jamie Donaldson, climbed five spots to No. 17.
This is McIlroy’s 17th straight week at No. 1, and his 56th week total. Earlier this year, he passed Ian Woosnam and Nick Price for the most weeks at No. 1, and is now tied with Luke Donald for the fifth-most weeks in the top spot.
McIlroy will pass Spain’s Seve Ballesteros (61 weeks) in a bit more than a month, leaving him fourth behind only Tiger Woods (683 weeks), Greg Norman (331 weeks) and Nick Faldo (97 weeks).
If McIlroy could maintain the No. 1 ranking throughout 2015, he would catch Faldo near the end of next year.