Rory McIlroy’s lead as world number one has taken a sizable hit from Tiger Woods after the Americans most recent and stunning victory.
Torrey Pines was the scene where Woods won PGA title number 75, his eighth in total at the San Diego golf course and, Woods, is now second in the all-time list of PGA winners behind Sam Snead who has 82.
McIlroy claimed the world number one spot back in August with victory in the USPGA Championship but Tiger’s win has reduced the Holywood golfer’s lead to a difference of just 3.14.
Woods’ win by four clear strokes is his fourth PGA win in 16 starts. Consistency is key to reclaiming the form that saw him dominate the world rankings for a total of ten years.
Evidently, he has finished in the top 10 in six of his last seven tournaments around the world.
The 14-time major winner will not play again until the Match Play Championship on February 20th, as McIlroy, too, will hope to keep Tiger on a lease in Arizona.
World top 10 rankings
1 Rory McIlroy 12.43pts
2 Tiger Woods 9.29
3 Luke Donald 7.94
4 Justin Rose 6.63
5 Louis Oosthuizen 6.60
6 Adam Scott 6.08
7 Brandt Snedeker 5.74
8 Lee Westwood 5.69
9 Bubba Watson 5.26
10 Jason Dufner 5.15