McIlroy Augusta bound with lowest ranking since Masters debut

Bernie McGuire

Rory McIlroy and caddie Harry Diamond (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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Rory McIlroy is heading to this coming week’s 85th hosting of the Masters with a lowest World Ranking since making his Augusta debut in 2009.

Officials at the World Golf Rankings predict McIlroy to drop to No. 12 on the rankings when Week 14 is officially updated following the close of this week’s Valero Texas Open and the secondary Korn Ferry Tour event.

McIlroy will swap places with fellow four-time Major winning Brooks Koepka who’ll move to No. 11 on the back of news the American has become engaged to be married.

It has been 11-years since McIlroy was last No. 12 in the world and ironically that was missing the halfway cut at the 2010 Masters. Twice before in his pro career, McIlroy driven down Magnolia Lane as No. 1 in the world and that was in 2012 and 2015.

Only once has he driven out of the Augusta National gates as No.1 and that being 2015 where he recorded his best Masters result of fourth.

Here is an overview of McIlroy’s World Rankings in heading and also leaving the Masters through the years:



  • 2009              17th                                              T20th                         17th
  • 2010              11th                                       MC                             12th
  • 2011              8th                                         T15th                         9th
  • 2012              1st                                           T40th                        2nd
  • 2013              2nd                                          T25th                        2nd
  • 2014              9th                                           T8th                          10th
  • 2015              1st                                           4th                             1st
  • 2016              3rd                                           T10th                         3rd
  • 2017              2nd                                          T7th                           2nd
  • 2018              7th                                           T5th                           7th
  • 2019              3rd                                           T21st                          4th
  • 2020              5th                                           T17th                          4th
  • 2021              12th (TBC)


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