With Tiger Woods out of the picture, and promising to be for the foreseeable future, the golfing world has been turned on its head. How much? After Rory McIlroy's dominating win at the U.S. Open, British golfers now occupy the top three spots in the World Golf Ranking for the first time in the 25-year history of the ranking. Luke Donald currently occupies the top spot, Lee Westwood is second and McIlroy jumped over Martin Kaymer to move into third.
"We've fed off each other's success," McIlroy told Sky Sports TV. "We saw Lee get to No. 1 in the world and Luke has been very consistent for the last two years. We're working hard to beat one another and strive to be better than everyone else."
Currently, the top American is Steve Stricker, who currently sits in fifth. He's followed by fellow Americans Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar. They are the only three Americans in the top 10, with Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson coming in at Nos. 11 and 12. Woods currently ranks No. 17 and has not won a tournament since 2009 when he took home the Australian Masters title.
In his career, Woods has been ranked No. 1 for 623 weeks. The rest of the golfing world has combined for 689 weeks atop the rankings. Gren Norman (331 weeks) is the only other golfer to hold the top spot for as many as 100 weeks.