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McIlroy set for golf’s number 1 spot

Rory McIlroy, next week's projected golf's number 1

It's no surprise to me that this week's projected mover to golf’s number 1 spot on the Official World Rankings list is Rory McIlroy.

The Northern Irish man is undoubtedly one of the best golfers in the world on tour today. You may better remember him from last year. He's the man who won the PGA Tour Player of the Year for the 2018-2019 season. A title he has deservingly held a total of three times so far in his career. First in 2012, a second time in 2014 and again last year.

Rory McIlroy is currently ranked second in the world, with an average of 9.16 points. Not for long, though. That's because on Monday after this weekend's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am scheduled to tee-off at its annual venue - Pebble Beach Golf Links, in Monterey County, California on Thursday up until Sunday, McIlroy will be crowned as the new golf's number 1 in the world.

The four-time major winner will oust this week's golf's number 1, all American golfer, Brooks Koepka at the top of the Official World Golf Rankings. This, despite not one of them, is even competing this week.

In case you are wondering how? Well, thanks partly to the complex rankings system, which will favor McIlroy and will move him to golf’s number 1 spot for the first time since 2015, according to next week's ranking predictions.

However, it could have been Jon Rahm - last season's Race to Dubai victor, who is currently sitting on golf's number 3, in McIlroy's shoes had he won last week at TPC Scottsdale - on next week's top spot.

Current Golf's number 1 - 20 top-ranked

Rank

Golfer

Average Points

1

Brooks Koepka

9.3488

2

Rory McIlroy

9.159

3

Jon Rahm

8.599

4

Justin Thomas

7.7733

5

Dustin Johnson

7.0183

6

Tiger Woods

6.1765

7

Webb Simpson

6.1708

8

Patrick Cantlay

6.1199

9

Xander Schauffele

5.8417

10

Justin Rose

5.7882

11

Tommy Fleetwood

5.6939

12

Tony Finau

5.1212

13

Patrick Reed

4.8552

14

Louis Oosthuizen

4.516

15

Adam Scott

4.4861

16

Shane Lowry

4.3899

17

Gary Woodland

4.359

18

Bryson DeChambeau

4.2927

19

Marc Leishman

4.2634

20

Paul Casey

4.188