McIlroy back on top of the world

Rory McIlroy is back as world number one after storming to his second major victory at the USPGA Championship – and David Lynn is up from 98th to a career-high 40th after finishing as a shock runner-up.

McIlroy starts his fourth reign at the top of the rankings. He first reached the position in March this year and then again in April and May, but each time Luke Donald grabbed the position back.

It might be harder for Donald this time with McIlroy achieving the highest points average of his career so far.

They are both next in action at the start of the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup play-offs next week.

Rory McIlroy has admitted that the criticism of his form did motivate him to win at Kiawah Island this weekend.

The 23-year-old had missed the last four out of five cuts this year leading some to suggest his private life was beginning to interfere with his game.

McIlroy who finished eight shots clear of the field said he wanted to prove a few people wrong.

Graeme McDowell and Padraig Harrington also had impressive tournaments ending on two and one under.

Latest leading positions in the world golf rankings: 1 Rory McIlroy 10.35pts, 2 Luke Donald 9.59, 3 Tiger Woods 8.71, 4 Lee Westwood 7.35, 5 Webb Simpson 6.23, 6 Adam Scott 6.13, 7 Justin Rose 6.12, 8 Bubba Watson 6.11, 9 Jason Dufner 5.93, 10 Steve Stricker 5.78, 11 Matt Kuchar 5.68, 12 Keegan Bradley 5.61, 13 Graeme McDowell 5.33, 14 Zach Johnson 5.12, 15 Hunter Mahan 5.05, 16 Louis Oosthuizen 4.78, 17 Ernie Els 4.72, 18 Dustin Johnson 4.59, 19 Phil Mickelson 4.32, 20 Rickie Fowler 4.22.

Other leading Europeans: 21 Martin Kaymer, 23 Ian Poulter, 24 Francesco Molinari, 29 Sergio Garcia, 30 Peter Hanson, 32 Carl Pettersson, 33 Paul Lawrie, 35 Nicolas Colsaerts, 39 Martin Laird, 40 David Lynn, 41 Thomas Bjorn, 43 Fredrik Jacobson, 44 Simon Dyson, 45 Rafael Cabrera Bello, 48 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, 50 Alvaro Quiros, 57 Jamie Donaldson, 59 Anders Hansen, 60 Marcel Siem, 61 Padraig Harrington, 62 Robert Karlsson, 63 Alexander Noren, 68 Robert Rock, 71 Miguel Angel Jimenez, 77 Matteo Manassero, 87 Thorbjorn Olesen, 90 Pablo Larrazabal, 93 Joost Luiten, 95 Darren Clarke, 97 Brian Davis, 98 Paul Casey.

How golf’s world number one spot has changed since October 2010:

OCTOBER 24 2010 – 1 WOODS 8.31, 2 WESTWOOD 8.25, 3 KAYMER 8.03

OCTOBER 31 2010 – 1 WESTWOOD 8.29, 2 WOODS 8.13, 3 KAYMER 7.98

FEBRUARY 27 2011 – 1 KAYMER 8.35, 2 WESTWOOD 8.16, 3 DONALD 6.63

APRIL 24 2011 – 1 WESTWOOD 7.65, 2 KAYMER 7.52, 3 DONALD 7.38

MAY 29 2011 – 1 DONALD 9.14, 2 WESTWOOD 8.74, 3 KAYMER 7.40

MARCH 4 2012 – 1 McILROY 9.30, 2 DONALD 8.97, 3 WESTWOOD 8.19

MARCH 18 2012 – 1 DONALD 10.03, 2 McILROY 9.85, 3 WESTWOOD 8.16

APRIL 15 2012 – 1 McILROY 9.59, 2 DONALD 9.48, 3 WESTWOOD 8.27

APRIL 29 2012 – 1 DONALD 9.55, 2 McILROY 9.33, 3 WESTWOOD 8.27

MAY 6 2012 – 1 McILROY 9.78, 2 DONALD 9.39, 3 WESTWOOD 8.40

MAY 27 2012 – 1 DONALD 10.43, 2 McILROY 9.39, 3 WESTWOOD 8.05

AUGUST 12 2012 – 1 McILROY 10.35, 2 DONALD 9.59, 3 WOODS 8.71

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