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McIlroy strikes above Scottie Scheffler into the world No 1 spot and tops the rankings for the primary time since July 2020 due to a one-shot victory in South Carolina; CJ Cup victory is his third PGA Tour win of the yr

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Rory McIlroy reveals the way it feels to return to world No 1 after retaining the CJ Cup title.

Rory McIlroy reveals the way it feels to return to world No 1 after retaining the CJ Cup title.

Rory McIlroy admitted his return to the highest of the world rankings got here faster than anticipated after he secured world No 1 spot with a profitable title defence on the CJ Cup.

McIlroy registered a twenty third PGA Tour victory and third of the yr with a one-shot win over Kurt Kitayama at Congaree Golf Membership, with the Northern Irishman posting a four-under 67 regardless of ending his closing spherical with back-to-back bogeys.

The four-time main champion’s success follows his RBC Canadian Open win June and a history-making third FedExCup victory on the Tour Championship in August, with McIlroy’s newest title additionally seeing him leapfrog Scottie Scheffler to change into world No 1 for the ninth time.

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Highlights from day 4 of the CJ Cup in South Carolina, the place Rory McIlroy retained the title and moved again to world No 1.

Highlights from day 4 of the CJ Cup in South Carolina, the place Rory McIlroy retained the title and moved again to world No 1.

“If somebody had advised me on the Friday evening of the Valero Texas Open [in April] once I missed the lower that I might be world No 1 by October, I might have requested them what they had been smoking as a result of I might not have believed them,” McIlroy admitted after his victory.

“Yeah, it is simply been a wild six months. I figured a couple of issues out with my sport and I’ve simply been on a extremely good run.

“Every part type of feels prefer it’s got here collectively for me and right this moment was only a continuation of how I felt like I have been taking part in over these previous few months. Now it is all about going ahead and making an attempt to simply hold this going.

McIlroy blended seven birdies with three bogeys on the ultimate day to finish the week on 17 underneath

“It is superb. It is quite a bit to course of proper now simply with every little thing, however actually pleased with myself with how I dealt with this week realizing what was at stake and actually simply how I’ve performed over these previous few months.”

McIlroy’s return to world No 1 for the primary time since 2020 caps a stellar yr the place he additionally posted top-eight finishes in all 4 majors, with the 33-year-old pleased with his progress over the previous 12 months.

Rory McIlroy dropped as little as world No 16 final summer season and remained outdoors the world’s high 10 till his 2021 CJ Cup win

“This event final yr was the beginning of me making an attempt to construct myself again up so far,” added McIlroy, who was world No 14 when he received the CJ Cup in 2021. “I had a extremely tough Ryder Cup, I’ve talked about that at size. I believe I used to be outdoors the top-10 on the planet and it isn’t a place that I am used to being in.

“I believe simply the regular climb again as much as the summit of world golf and what it takes, it isn’t simply me, it is everybody that is part of my workforce. It isn’t a solo effort.

“Simply pondering over that final 12 months, there’s lots of people that deserve numerous the plaudits and I am the one which sits up right here and takes them, however there’s numerous stuff that goes on behind the scenes that folks do not find out about.

“All of that stuff mixed is simply as necessary as what I do on the market making an attempt to get these wins. It is a workforce effort and I believe each time I take into consideration that, that is what will get me just a little bit choked up and emotional as a result of it is actually cool to be on this journey with different individuals that you simply wish to be on the journey with.”

The CJ Cup is the second title this yr McIlroy has defended, having additionally received back-to-back editions of the RBC Canadian Open

Victory additionally sees him change into the primary reigning FedExCup champion since Tiger Woods in 2008 to start his PGA Tour season with a win, giving McIlroy loads of confidence heading into the rest of the yr.

“All three wins I’ve needed to go on the market and win them, proper?” McIlroy defined. “I shot 62 to win in Canada, I shot 66 on the Tour Championship after which went out with a lead right this moment and shot 4 underneath to win.

“I believe that is been essentially the most satisfying factor. I’ve put myself in place all these thrice and went on the market and received the job achieved and did what I wanted to. They’re nice strides and nice steps in the fitting route.”

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