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World Golf Rankings: Rory takes over No. 1, but where's Tiger?

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A new golfer claimed the No. 1 spot atop the World Golf Rankings while an old No. 1 continues to charge up the standings.

Rory McIlroy, propelled by a weekend win at the Honda Classic at PGA National in Florida, became the world's new No. 1 golfer, overtaking Luke Donald, who fell to No. 2. At just 22 years old, McIlroy becomes the first player from Northern Ireland to land the prestigious title of world's best golfer.

McIlroy has been knocking at the door for weeks but finally pushed through over the weekend. The new No. 1 shot a 1-under 69 on Sunday to capture the sixth professional tournament win of his career and his third PGA tournament victory.

McIlroy needed nearly every stroke. Despite his impressive win, perhaps the biggest story of the weekend was the play of Tiger Woods. The former No. 1 golfer trailed McIlroy by nine strokes heading into Sunday and appeared destined for, at best, a top-20 finish.

But Woods, like so many times over his career, would not go down quietly. He posted the best Sunday score of his career, an 8-under 62, and earned the praise of those who witnessed the outstanding round. His Sunday playing partner, Ernie Els, said it felt like the old Tiger was back.

The clutch final round, which included two eagles and four birdies, helped Woods place in a tie for second with Tom Gillis, two strokes behind the winner McIlroy. Lee Westwood finished in 4th place at the tournament and maintained his hold on the No. 3 position in the World Golf Rankings.

As a result of his high placement, Woods made yet another leap up the World Golf Rankings. He is now sitting at No. 16, up five slots from his position last week. He ended the 2011 season at No. 23 after dropping as low as No. 58 during his underwhelming year.

Gillis, meanwhile, made a meteoric rise. The little-known American shot up 112 places, going from No. 269 last week to No. 157 this week.

The upcoming tournament this weekend, the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral, could lead to yet another shakeup throughout the rankings. Every golfer in the top 50 will be participating.

The World Golf Ranking takes into account a golfer's performance over a rolling two-year period. A point system is used for players' finishing places, and more prestigious tournaments, including majors, receive heavier weighting.

World Golf Rankings - Top 25

1. Rory McIlroy
2. Luke Donald
3. Lee Westwood
4. Martin Kaymer
5. Steve Stricker
6. Webb Simpson
7. Jason Day
8. Dustin Johnson
9. Charl Schwartzel
10. Hunter Mahan
11. Adam Scott
12. Phil Mickelson
13. Bill Haas
14. Matt Kuchar
15. Graeme McDowell
16. Tiger Woods
17. Nick Watney
18. Sergio Garcia
19. Brandt Snedeker
20. Keegan Bradley
21. K.J. Choi
22. Justin Rose
23. Bubba Watson
24. Mark Wilson
25. Ian Poulter

Complete World Golf Rankings List

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