Rory McIlroy surpasses Cameron Smith, flies to second place in the world ranking and approaches the leadership. Runner up at the BMW PGA Championship, in England, the Northern Irishman is now behind only Scottie Scheffler, who confirms himself as the leader of the OWGR.
Ranking, Top 10
As for the Top 10, Will Zalatoris overtakes Collin Morikawa and climbs to eighth place. Back among the top 150, Francesco Molinari. The Turin-born (9 / o at the BMW PGA Championship) moved up from 169 / a to 141 / a position.
Guido Migliozzi is also advancing, from 187 / o to 172 / o. Rory McIlroy (Holywood, Northern Ireland, May 4, 1989), is a Northern Irish professional golfer. He has been number 1 in the world rankings for 95 weeks and has been in the top ten for more than 300 weeks.
This golfer has obtained four victories in major tournaments: the 2011 United States Open, the 2014 British Open and the 2012 and 2014 PGA Championship. He also finished third in the 2010 and 2022 British Open and in the Championship of the 2009 and 2010 PGAs.
Meanwhile, McIlroy won the 2014 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, the 2015 WGC Match Play, the 2015 Dubai World Championship, the 2016, 2019 and 2022 Tour Championship and the 2016, 2019 and 2022 Fed Ex Cup. second in the 2012 WGC Match Play, third in the 2012 WGC-Cadillac Championship, and fourth in the 2009 and 2011 WGC-HSBC Champions.
The Northern Irishman has 20 wins on the PGA Tour and an additional 7 on the European Tour. He has finished first on the European circuit in 2012, 2014 and 2015, and second in 2009 and 2011, as well as first on the American circuit in 2014 and 2016, and third in 2012.
On the other hand, the player has been part of the European team in the Ryder Cup since 2010, scoring eight points from twelve games. McIlroy has been a UNICEF Ambassador for Ireland since June 2011. In December 2011 he was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire.
He also received the award from the radio station Raidió Teilifís Éireann for Sportsman of the Year 2011 and the Laureus Award for Newcomer of the Year 2012. In 2006 he won the European Amateur. McIlroy turned professional in September 2007 before contesting the British Masters.
That year he finished 95th in the European Tour money table. In January 2008 he entered the top 200 of the world player list. He tied after the 72-hole European Masters in 2008, but ended up missing the playoff. He finished the year with six top 10 finishes on the European Tour and placed 39th on the world list.