McIlroy moves to third in world rankings

22-year-old US Open champion Rory McIlroy has moved to an all-time high third in the official world golf rankings this week.

The move marks the first time British players have occupied the top three positions since the world raking system was introduced 25 years ago.

Rory McIlroy Rory McIlroy (Credit: Anthony Powter)

The world top five has enjoyed quite a change from this time last year when McIlroy was hovering just inside the world top 10 and four out of the top 5 players were American.

Since that time, Tiger Woods has slipped in to an unthinkable 17th position and Europe has begun to dominate world golf, making good on a promise that has been building gradually over the past several years.

With the British Open just around the corner and McIlroy in superb major form, we may well see the first Northern Irishman secure golf’s highest ranking before too long.

Week 26 – 2011

1 Luke Donald (ENG)
2 Lee Westwood (ENG)
3 Rory McIlroy (NIR)
4 Martin Kaymer (GER)
5 Steve Stricker (USA)
6 Phil Mickelson (USA)
7 Matt Kuchar (USA)
8 Graeme McDowell (NIR)
9 Jason Day (AUS)
10 Charl Schwartzel (SAF)

Week 26 – 2010

1 Tiger Woods (USA)
2 Phil Mickelson (USA)
3 Lee Westwood (ENG)
4 Steve Stricker (USA)
5 Jim Furyk (USA)
6 Ernie Els (SAF)
7 Luke Donald (ENG)
8 Ian Poulter (ENG)
9 Paul Casey (ENG)
10 Rory McIlroy (NIR)