McIlroy back to World Number One
Rory McIlroy moved to the top of the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time in five years as the Northern Irishman displaced Brooks Koepka as World Number One this week.
Although neither player played this week, the nature of the ranking systems – which averages scores over a 104-week period - means McIlroy moves 0.03 points ahead of his American counterpart.
This will be McIlroy’s 96th cumulative week as World Number One, the four-time Major winner remaining in fourth position in cumulative weeks spent at the top with only Tiger Woods (683), Greg Norman (331) and Sir Nick Faldo (97) having spent more time at the top.
The 30-year-old’s rise to the top has been aided by a fantastic 2019 during which the four-time Ryder Cup winner won four titles in 25 starts and finished inside the top ten nearly 75% of the time.
Despite this change in the Official World Golf Ranking, there was no change in personnel with regard to the automatic spots to make the 2020 European Ryder Cup team.
Tommy Fleetwood (3,817.38), Jon Rahm (3,240.00), Victor Perez (2,635.75) and McIlroy (2,298.44) make up the four qualifiers from the European Points Lists.
Meanwhile, Danny Willett (86.05), Matthew Fitzpatrick (76.73), Bernd Wiesberger (71.23), Graeme McDowell (70.33) and Tyrrell Hatton (65.95) make up the four automatic qualifiers from the World Points List.
Available Race to Dubai points and World Ranking points will be multiplied by 1.5 towards the end of the qualification period, starting at the 2020 Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation.
Qualification points in both 2019 and 2020 will not be available anywhere in the world from a tournament played opposite a Rolex Series event, further enhancing the status of the premier series of events on the European Tour.