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McIlroy remains number one despite stupid mistakes at Travelers

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Rory McIlroy remains the game’s top-ranked player despite admitting to ‘stupid’ mistakes over the final round of the Travelers Championship.

McIlroy dropped .0129 of a ranking point in slipping back to 9.0406 ranking points following his eventual share of 11th place behind American Dustin Johnson in Connecticut.

“It was frustrating day and again, as I said yesterday, there’s been some really good stuff in there, but then just some really stupid mistakes,” McIlroy said following his closing round score of 67 for a 13-under par tally.

Spaniard Jon Rahm remains the World No. 2 but was hardly sighted on the TPC River Highlands course in finishing tied in 37th place.

And with McIlroy and also Rahm not competing in this week’s Rocket Mortgage Open, it will mean McIlroy’s reign atop of the Rankings will continue for a combined 105 weeks since first moving to No.1 in capturing the 2012 Honda Classic.

Open Champion, Shane Lowry has dropped two places despite making the halfway cut in the Travelers Championship.

Lowry ended a run of two missed cuts since the PGA Tour’s return to competition earlier this month in Texas in sharing 60th place in Sunday’s concluding Travelers Championship in Connecticut.

However, the effort over the four days has seen Lowry slip to World No.24.

The Offaly golfer found himself overtaken by Mexican Abraham Ancer whose 11th place result at the Travelers saw him jump three spots to be the new World No. 21 while Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, who did not tee-up in the Constitution State, remained at No. 23.

Johnson celebrated a 21st Tour success moving-up three spots and back to No.3 in the world, the 36-year old’s highest ranking since he was also ranked 3rd in the world following last August’s Tour Championship in Atlanta.

‘DJ’ was asked after his win if this latest victory, given he has now won at least one event for the past 13 seasons (Not years), was any more special in his career. Also, he joins the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods to have done the same.

“I’m proud of all of them, obviously. But I mean, winning the U.S. Open at Oakmont is my biggest win for sure,” he said.

“But winning 13 years straight on the Tour is a pretty big accomplishment. You know, they’re pretty close with what I’m most proud of.

“And anytime you’re mentioned with those guys, with Tiger, Jack, I think Arnie, you’ve got to feel good about that because they’re the best that’s ever played this game. Anytime your name is mentioned in the same sentence with them, I’m very happy.”

 

IRISH WORLD RANKINGS – JUNE 29TH

No. 1 – Rory McIlroy (unchanged)

No. 24 – Shane Lowry (down 2)

No. 53 – Graeme McDowell (down 2)

No. 323 – Cormac Sharvin (down 3)

No. 366 – Padraig Harrington (down 4)

No. 471 – Paul Dunne (down 7)

No. 505 – Seamus Power (down 4)

No. 622 – Jonathan Caldwell (down 6)

No. 1167 – Michael Hoey (down 21)

No. 2075 – Darren Clarke (up 3)

No. 595 – Gavin Moynihan (down 3)

 

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