Rory McIlroy has jumped back into the Official World Golf Ranking‘s top five following his impressive victory at the Player’s Championship in Sawgrass over the weekend.
McIlroy won his first event since the Arnold Palmer Invitational in 2018, seeing off the challenge of Jim Furyk as well as a host of Europe’s finest to clinch his 15th PGA Tour title.
The former world number one’s two late birdies to finish with a 70 has seen him move up two spots in the rankings from 6th up to 4th as he looks to climb his way back to the top.
The 29-year old’s jump may not have been massive places-wise but it is hugely significant as he moves into the top five; it was runner up Jim Furyk who took the crown for the biggest leap up the rankings.
2018’s American Ryder Cup captain shot a stunning final round 67, but was just pipped to the post by McIlroy as he looked for his first victory in just under four years.
Furyk’s excellent display sees him jump a whopping 110 spots to 57th in the world while England’s Eddie Pepperell,who finished tied for third, moves up seven spots to 36th.
Venezuelan Jhonattan Vegas, who also finished tied for third leapt from 116th to 79th.
The number one spot still belongs to American Dustin Johnson, followed by Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka, McIlroy and Justin Thomas who round out the top five.
It was disppointment however for Tiger Woods whose tied for 30th place finish sees him fall two spots to 13th.