Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland) caught both rabbits: his first win in the new year and the first place in the men’s golf world rankings.
McIlroy won the DP World Tour Hero Dubai Desert Classic (total prize money of 9 million dollars), which ended in Dubai, UAE on the 30th (Korean time). McIlroy, who had been in a war of nerves with ‘bad guy’ Patrick Reed (England) before the tournament, succeeded in making a birdie putt 4.5m away on the last hole, beating Reed by one stroke.
McIlroy also maintained his No. 1 spot in the men’s golf world rankings announced after the match. It has been 15 weeks in a row since winning the CJ Cup on the PGA Tour on October 24 last year and rising to the top spot.
Reid finished runner-up in this tournament, but his world ranking rose sharply. Reed, who was previously ranked 90th, rose 33 places to 57th. Reid moved to LIV Golf last year. LIV golf players are not allowed to compete on the PGA Tour. To earn world ranking points, you must participate in the DP World Tour or the Asian Tour.
Up to 6th in the world rankings, there is no change. Scotty Scheffler (USA) took 2nd place and Jon Rahm (Spain) kept 3rd place. Cameron Smith (Australia, 4th), Patrick Cantley (5th), and Zander Shopley (USA, 6th) also maintained their rankings. 안전놀이터
Max Homa (USA), winner of the PGA Tour Farmers Insurance Open, which ended on the 30th, was ranked 13th, up three places from 16th. Kim Joo-hyung (21), who was previously ranked 13th, fell to 14th. Lim Seong-jae (25), tied for 4th at the Farmers Insurance Open, was ranked 18th.