Rory McIlroy claimed his first Claret Jug after winning the 2014 British Open by two strokes over Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler on Sunday, shooting 17-under overall and a one-under 71 on Day 4. The 25-year-old phenom is now just one Masters win away from completing the career Grand Slam.
Here's a look at the tournament's final leaderboard:
His future certainly looks bright, but his present is already gleaming. With the victory, McIlroy jumps up to the world's No. 2 ranking, just behind Adam Scott.
Take a glance at the new top 10, courtesy of Golf Digest's Ron Sirak:
New World Ranking Top 10: 1. Scott 2. McIlroy 3. Stenson 4. Rose 5. Garcia 6. Watson 7. Kuchar 8. Day 9. Woods 10. Furyk— Ron Sirak (@ronsirak) July 20, 2014
McIlroy jumped six spots after his third major victory, surpassing the likes of Tiger Woods, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson and more. This was a well-deserved leap ahead for the British Open's champion, as he joined some elite company on Sunday, via ESPN Stats & Info:
At 25 Rory McIlroy is now three-fourths of the way to a career Grand Slam joining some very exclusive company pic.twitter.com/Md4iWsRKci— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 20, 2014
While McIlroy earned headlines with his masterful wire-to-wire performance in this year's Open Championship, Scott maintained his No. 1 ranking after quietly posting a six-under 66 on Sunday to finish tied for fifth at 12-under par.
Scott has been unbelievable in majors over the past several years, and Shane Bacon of Yahoo Sports tweeted his recent finishes:
Adam Scott's last 9 majors - 2, t-11, WIN, t-45, t-3, t-5, t-14, t-9, t-5.— Shane Bacon (@shanebacon) July 20, 2014
Who should be ranked No. 1 in the world?
Sergio Garcia's second-place finish allowed him to move up from No. 9 to No. 5, though he still continues his search for his first major victory. Meanwhile, Jim Furyk's solid fourth-place showing propelled him into the top 10, leapfrogging Jordan Spieth.
With more prestigious tournaments such as the WGC-Bridgestone and PGA Championship remaining on the slate, expect to see some more significant changes before the end of the year.
As for McIlroy, expectations will be even higher moving forward. He has just one event missing from his Grand Slam showcase, and he's riding a huge wave of momentum following his brilliant display at Hoylake.