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March 04, 2012

Rory McIlroy is No. 1 after holding off Tiger Woods at Honda Classic

Posted at 5:38 PM by Golf.com | Categories: Honda Classic, Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods

P1-Rory-blogRory McIlory won the Honda Classic on Sunday, and with the victory he will vault to No. 1 when the Official World Golf Ranking is released on Monday.

McIlroy, 22, shot a final-round 69 in windy conditions at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and finished 12 under for the event. Tiger Woods shot a spectacular eight-under 62 to get to 10 under for the tournament and finish in a tie for second with Tom Gillis. McIlroy was the second-ranked player in the world heading into the event.

It is the first time McIlroy has been ranked No. 1 in his career. He replaces Englishman Luke Donald, who took over the top spot on May 29, 2011. McIlroy is the first player from Ireland to be ranked No. 1 and the fourth consecutive European. England's Lee Westwood and Germany's Martin Kaymer held the No. 1 ranking before Donald. Tiger Woods was the last American to hold the No. 1 ranking, which he ceded to Westwood on Oct.31, 2010.

McIlroy was steady on Sunday, making two birdies and a bogey to go with 15 pars, several of which he earned with tough up-and-downs. Woods started his charge at PGA National with an eagle at the par-5 third. He added two birdies on the front nine and two on the back, and closed with another eagle on the par-5 18th. It was the lowest final-round score in his PGA Tour career.

(Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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