Rory McIlroy Surpasses Nick Faldo's World Ranking Record

The four-time Major winner becomes the third-most successful player in the history of the Official World Golf Ranking

Rory McIlroy Surpasses Nick Faldo's World Ranking Record
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The four-time Major winner becomes the third-most successful player in the history of the Official World Golf Ranking

Rory McIlroy Surpasses Nick Faldo's World Ranking Record

Rory McIlroy has surpassed Nick Faldo's total of 97 weeks as golf's World Number One.

The Northern Irishman is now guaranteed to have spent 98 weeks at the top, becoming the third-most successful player in the 34-year history of the Official World Golf Ranking.

The most successful player is Tiger Woods, who has spent 683 weeks as World No.1, with Greg Norman in second with 331.

Rory regained the top spot prior to the Genesis Open at Riviera earlier this month and could have lost it in Mexico had Jon Rahm won.

The Spaniard finished in a tie for third place and overtook Brooks Koepka in 2nd.

McIlroy was 5th, which, incredibly, was his sixth consecutive top-five finish worldwide dating back to the Zozo Championship in October.

The four-time Major winner is currently in his eighth reign at the top of the world rankings.

He is spending his 98th week as World No.1 and is guaranteed to remain at the top next week too, taking the total number of weeks to 99.

Most weeks spent at the top of the Official World Golf Ranking:

As of Monday 24th February 2020

1 Tiger Woods - 683 weeks

2 Greg Norman - 331 weeks

3 Rory McIlroy - 99 weeks

4 Greg Norman - 97 weeks

5 Dustin Johnson - 91 weeks

6 Seve Ballesteros - 61 weeks

7 Luke Donald - 56 weeks

8 Jason Day - 51 weeks

9 Ian Woosnam - 50 weeks

10 Brooks Koepka - 47 weeks

McIlroy described his final day at the WGC-Mexico Championship as "frustrating".

"I don't feel like I got the best out of myself," he said.

"Yeah, obviously started the week well, and then, yeah, I feel like I just -- I hit some loose shots, and I didn't putt as well as I needed to over the last three days.

"And yeah, I just let a few shots get away."

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Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


Elliott is currently playing:


Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x