McIlroy ‘frozen’ as world number one during COVID-19

Bernie McGuire

Rory McIlroy (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Rory McIlroy will remain World No.1 for the foreseeable future with sport’s ranking bodies advising there’ll be no movement in both the men’s and women’s rankings until it’s safe to resume competition.

The Wentworth-based body issued a statement Friday indicating:

“The Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) and Rolex Women’s World Golf Ranking (WWGR) will be paused until further notice with professional golf currently inactive due to the global threat posed by Coronavirus (COVID-19).


“The Governing Boards of the OWGR and WWGR have decided that the rankings will be frozen at Week 11 (the week ending March 15th and 16th 2020) and will continue to monitor the impact of Coronavirus COVID-19.

“An announcement about the resumption of each respective ranking will be made in due course.”

McIlroy returned to World No. 1 in late January in finishing T3rd at the Farmers Insurance Open and since then he’s moved to be third in terms of weeks as the game’s best.

In fact, McIlroy has now been World No. 1 for a combined total of 101 weeks but is a long way from matching Aussie Greg Norman in second place with a total of 331 weeks as the game’s best.

Open Champion Shane Lowry is No. 20 while Graeme McDowell picked up two places to move back to No. 49 in the world.

And if the Masters organising committee stick to their March 30 deadline of needing to be inside the top-50, then GMac will earn a Masters invitation if and when the postponed Masters is held.

Ireland’s top-ranked woman is Stephanie Meadow at No. 193.


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