Rory McIlroy has catapulted himself back to the number one position in the World Golf Rankings after finishing second in the Wells Fargo Championship, which was held at Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, North Carolina (May 3 – 6), the course on which he won his initial PGA Tour title in 2010.The young Ulsterman could only manage a par on the first playoff hole and lost out to Rickie Fowler, who holed a four-foot birdie putt to claim his first victory on the circuit. It was still good enough for McIIroy to take back the top spot in golf from Luke Donald by finishing in the top three on the PGA Tour for the fourth time in five events this season.
The next major is at TPC Sawgrass in Florida May 10-13 and it will be a stern test for him. He has missed the cut in his only two starts on the Stadium Course, where two years ago he is quoted as saying that he just didn’t like the course.
McIIroy has somewhat tempered that statement recently stating that he has yet to learn how to play it. In 2009, he shot 74-77—151 to miss the weekend by seven shots, and the following year his 73-72—145 missed by three strokes.
After displaying poor form at the Masters where he tied for 40th, McIlroy displayed his best golf at Quail Hollow by playing the middle rounds in 68-66. He might have won the competition had he not missed a seven-foot putt for par on the 17th hole in the final round. After averaging 28.3 putts per round over the three days, he seemed to struggle with the flat stick on the final day when he took 32 putts.
And so it is to TPC Sawgrass next where McIIroy will have to find a way of upping his game in order to retain his coveted number one position in the World Golf Rankings.
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