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After his victory at the Honda Classic, Rory McIlroy briefly took over the top spot in the world only to lose it after a T40 finish at the Masters a few weeks later.
Donald and McIlroy traded the No. 1 spot until the PGA Championship. McIlroy’s resounding victory at the Ocean Course brought with it a trophy, significant acclaim and the top spot in the Official World Golf Rankings.
For his part, Luke Donald fell to third place behind Tiger Woods after the Duetsche Bank Championship, where he finished in a tie for 26th place. His T26 finish the next left him stuck in the on-deck circle behind McIlroy and Woods. Donald remains there still, even after a T3 finish at the Tour Championship.
The often-criticized Official Golf Rankings theoretically evaluate who the best player in the world has been over the past two years. Luke Donald has been incredibly consistent, often good, but never really great over the past two years. Indeed, he won only twice on the PGA Tour in 2011 and 2012 combined, whereas McIlroy won five times over the same period of time, including two majors.