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Rory wins by 7, Minjee Lee takes Kingsmill title

Rory McIlroy’s run-away seven-shot triumph at the PGA Tour’s Wells Fargo Championship extended his hold on the World No. 1 ranking.

The Official World Golf Ranking Top 10 remained unchanged led by Rory followed by Jordan Spieth, Henrik Stenson, Bubba Watson, Jim Furyk, Justin Rose, Jason Day, Sergio Garcia, Rickie Fowler and Dustin Johnson.

Webb Simpson and Patrick Rodgers ended up T-2 behind Rory. Phil Mickelson, who finished T-4 at Wells Fargo, moved up a spot to 17th in the rankings. He finished tied at Quail Hollow with Robert Streb and WGC-Cadillac Match Play runner-up Gary Woodland. Woodland moved up to 24th in the latest rankings on the men’s side.

Minjee Lee of Australia, an LPGA Tour rookie, captured the weather-delayed Kingsmill Championship Monday morning in Virginia. Lee (15-under)  won by two shots over So-Yeon Ryu. Alison Lee, another LPGA Tour rookie who played college golf at UCLA, was alone in third at 12-under. Paula Creamer and Suzann Pettersen logged T-5 finishes. For Lee, it marked her first LPGA Tour victory and moved her from 40th to 19th in the latest Rolex Rankings.

Other Golf News:

  • Pettersen moved up a spot to 8th in the Rolex Ranking. She now has a run of 415 consecutive weeks in the Top 10.
  • The LPGA Tour returns to action at the end of May for the ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer. Stacy Lewis, third in the Rolex Ranking behind Inbee Park and Lydia Ko, is the defending champion.
  • McIlroy was a 3-to-1 betting favorite to win the Wells Fargo Championship heading into the week at www.skybet.com. For Lee, she was an 80-1 long shot.
  • The European Tour hosts its flagship event this week — the BMW PGA Championship. McIlroy is the headliner and defending champion.
  • For Mickelson, his T-4 finish was his 8th Top 10 effort at Quail Hollow Club. It was Lefty’s second Top 5 finish on the PGA Tour including The Masters.
  • Jeff Maggert captured the Champions Tour’s Regions Tradition on the first playoff hole over Kevin Sutherland. It was Maggert’s first major title. The tour bounces back this week with Senior PGA Championship in Indiana.