McIlroy back on top

Golf’s world number one spot has changed hands for the fifth time in just over two months.

Golf’s world number one spot has changed hands for the fifth time in just over two months.

Rory McIlroy starts his third reign at the top after being involved in a play-off for the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow.

Fellow 23-year-old Rickie Fowler won his first PGA Tour title with a birdie at the first extra hole and moves up from 39th to 24th on the rankings.

Italian Francesco Molinari improves from 46th to 29th after capturing the Spanish Open in Seville.

Latest leading positions in the world golf rankings:

1 Rory McIlroy 9.78pts

2 Luke Donald 9.39

3 Lee Westwood 8.40

4 Bubba Watson 6.46

5 Hunter Mahan 5.66

6 Steve Stricker 5.50

7 Tiger Woods 5.29

8 Martin Kaymer 5.23

9 Webb Simpson 5.17

10 Phil Mickelson 5.16

11 Justin Rose 5.12

12 Adam Scott 4.93

13 Louis Oosthuizen 4.93

14 Charl Schwartzel 4.88

15 Jason Day 4.79

16 Matt Kuchar 4.74

17 Dustin Johnson 4.66

18 Graeme McDowell 4.46

19 Bill Haas 4.31

20 Jason Dufner 4.27

Other leading Europeans:

21 Sergio Garcia

26 Peter Hanson

27 Ian Poulter

29 Francesco Molinari

34 Thomas Bjorn

37 Carl Pettersson

38 Simon Dyson

39 Martin Laird

42 Alvaro Quiros

43 Robert Karlsson

44 Paul Lawrie

46 Anders Hansen

47 Fredrik Jacobson

50 Paul Casey

53 Nicolas Colsaerts

54 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano

58 Miguel Angel Jimenez

59 Robert Rock

60 Matteo Manassero

62 Rafael Cabrera Bello

71 Darren Clarke

74 Pablo Larrazabal

79 Michael Hoey

80 Alexander Noren

83 Joost Luiten

87 Richie Ramsay

89 Padraig Harrington

90 Brian Davis

92 Stephen Gallacher

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