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Rory McIlroy returns to top 10 in world ranking

Northern Irishman, a former world No. 1, rises to 7th after victory at Wells Fargo Championship in tuneup for PGA at Kiawah Island

7: Position in the Official World Golf Ranking for Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, who returned to the top 10 of the world order Monday, one day after winning the PGA Tour’s Wells Fargo Championship. McIlroy, 32, a former No. 1-ranked player in the world and a four-time major champion, had not won on the PGA Tour in 1½ years until his one-stroke victory at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C. He was ranked No. 1 in the world for a total of 95 weeks from 2012 to 2015 before returning to the top spot for 11 weeks in 2020, shortly before the rankings were suspended because of COVID-19’s shutdown of worldwide competition. Dating to 2009, McIlroy has ended every year ranked among the top 10 in the world except for one, in 2017, when he was 11th. McIlroy will be among the favorites next week when the PGA Championship returns to Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course in South Carolina, where he won the 2012 PGA, his first of two PGA titles. Mexico's Abraham Ancer, the runner-up in Charlotte, improved seven spots in the world order, cracking the top 20 for the first time, to a career-high 19th. Ancer has posted two consecutive top-5 results and has placed no worse than 26th in his past eight starts. South Africa’s Garrick Higgo, who won on the European Tour for the second time in three weeks, continued his climb in the world order. Higgo, 21, improved to a career-high No. 51, a jump of 15 spots, after his victory Sunday at the Canary Islands Championship. American Dustin Johnson remained No. 1 for a 38th consecutive week.

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