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:
YEAR RANKING WEEK PRIOR MASTERS RESULT RANKING WEEK AFTER
- 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)