Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy has returned to the world number one spot for the first time in over four and half years.
The four-time major winner, 30, replaces American Brooks Koepka. Last time McIlroy topped the rankings was on September 19, 2015 and his return marks a total of 1605 days of gap between him reaching the summit.
This will be his 96th cumulative week as world number one – the fourth most of any player – Only Tiger Woods (683), Greg Norman (331) and Nick Faldo (97) have spent more weeks as the world’s top-ranked player.
The complicated nature of the ranking system takes McIlroy from 0.2 points behind Koepka to 0.03 points in front.
Both players missed last week’s AT&T pro-am at Pebble Beach and will be playing the Genesis Invitational starting this Thursday.