Despite the fact that neither player teed it up last week, Rory McIlroy again overtook Jordan Spieth at the top of the world rankings.
McIlroy enters the BMW Championship with an 11.9826 point average, while Spieth’s average is 11.9596.
This is the fourth consecutive week that McIlroy and Spieth have traded places at the top, marking the first such streak in the rankings since 1997.
Both are among the 70-man field this week at Conway Farms, meaning that the top spot will again be up for grabs.
The rest of the top 10 remained unchanged. Jason Day, Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler round out the top five, while Nos. 6-10 are Henrik Stenson, Jim Furyk, Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson and Sergio Garcia.
With the PGA Tour in a bye week, there was not much movement among the top 50 players in the world. Thomas Pieters’ win at the KLM Open, his second European Tour victory in the last three weeks, vaulted the Belgian from No. 141 to No. 88.
Former world number one Tiger Woods continues his tumble down the rankings - Woods fell 11 spots to No. 283 as his offseason continues.
Meanwhile McIlroy yesterday confirmed he will compete in next month’s Turkish Airlines Open, the first tournament of the European Tour’s end-of-season Final Series competition.
The 26-year-old Northern Irishman has missed a large chunk of the season after sustaining an ankle injury playing soccer with his friends.
McIlroy played in Turkey three years ago when the tournament was an exhibition event.
“I’m looking to finish the year strongly so Turkey will be a key tournament for me,” the four-times major said yesterday “I didn’t perform my best here in 2012. It’s a really great holiday destination with a wonderful atmosphere but this time I’m hoping to be right in the running come Sunday as it’s a tournament I would really love to win.”
Frenchman Victor Dubuisson won the event when it made its debut on the European Tour schedule in 2013 and American Brooks Koepka triumphed a year later.