Rory McIlroy regained the world number one ranking on Sunday — 10 years after he first rose to the top — with a one-stroke victory in the US PGA Tour’s CJ Cup.
Three late birdies helped the Northern Ireland star hold off American Kurt Kitayama and return to the top of the rankings for the ninth time, and for the first time since his most recent spell there ended in July of 2020.
He supplanted American Scottie Scheffler, who finished tied for 45th to see his 30-week stint at the summit end.
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Only three golfers have had stints as world No.1 that have stretched over more than 10 years.
Seventeen years split Tiger Woods’ first week as No.1 and his most recent, and 11-and-a-half years were between Norman’s first and last.
It’s fitting that McIlroy should be…