Sept. 25-Oct. 1, 2023 Marco Simone Golf & Country Club, Rome, Italy
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The year is 2010. Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy has just won the Wells Fargo Championship, shooting a final-round 62 to set a new course record at Quail Hollow and pick up his first PGA TOUR victory. In the process, he becomes the first player since Tiger Woods to win a TOUR event prior to his 21st birthday, a mark he will celebrate just two days later. It’s an exciting time for a promising player.

Now, fast forward to 2021.

Add four major championships. Five Ryder Cups. Fifteen PGA TOUR titles. A wife. A daughter. A world-wide legion of fans.

Go back to that same course, that same tournament, that same week.

The years have passed, but the result is the same. There, exactly eleven years and one week to the day after his first PGA TOUR victory, Rory McIlroy is back in the winner’s circle at the same place it all began.

For McIlroy, the victory ends a winless drought that stretched more than 18 months since his last win in November of 2019. The Ryder Cup star finished the week at 10-under-par 274, one stroke ahead of Mexico’s Abraham Ancer, with Norway’s Viktor Hovland (T3) and Americans Keith Mitchell (T3) and Gary Woodland (5th) rounding out the Top 5.

Woodland, in a bid to make his first Ryder Cup team, jumps into the standings top 20 this week, up four spots from 22nd to 18th, while Mitchell moves from 68th to 50th.

Meanwhile on the PGA TOUR Champions circuit, U.S. Team Captain Steve Stricker logged another impressive week, finishing second after a playoff at the Regions Tradition, the season’s first major championship.

RankName (Previous Rank)
1Dustin Johnson (1)
2Bryson DeChambeau (2)
3Justin Thomas (3)
4Collin Morikawa (4)
5Xander Schauffele (5)
6Brooks Koepka (6)
7Patrick Reed (7)
8Tony Finau (8)
9Webb Simpson (9)
10Daniel Berger (10)
11Jordan Spieth (11)
12Billy Horschel (12)

For a full list of the Top 100 in the U.S. Ryder Cup standings, click here. The points system for this year's American team will include the top six point earners securing spots and the remaining six will be selected by Captain Stricker following the 2021 TOUR Championship.

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