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Scott solidifies World No. 1 ranking with playoff victory

Adam Scott’s playoff victory over Jason Dufner at the PGA Tour’s Crowne Plaza Invitational solidified the Aussie’s World No. 1 slot in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Scott’s birdie on the third playoff hole at Colonial Country Club wasn’t enough to make him the betting favorite this week at the Memorial on the PGA Tour. That claim goes to Rory McIlroy, who captured the European Tour’s BMW PGA Championship in comeback fashion Sunday in England.

Rory is a 7 1/2-to-1 favorite to win Jack Nicklaus’ tournament near Columbus, according to www.skybet.com.

Scott was in danger of losing his top ranking after just one week to Sweden’s Henrik Stenson. But, the Aussie rallied to make the cut and then proceeded to put himself in contention before dispatching Dufner, the PGA Championship winner from last fall.

For Rory, his comeback win was from seven-shots back heading into the final round at Wentworth Golf Club in England. McIlroy, a former World No. 1, jumped from 10th to No. 6 in the latest ranking as a result.

Stenson, who logged a Top 10 in England, moved ahead of Tiger Woods into second. Woods is still recovering from back surgery earlier this spring.

Dufner’s playoff loss moved him up seven places to 15th in the latest ranking, while Shane Lowry’s runner-up effort to McIlroy helped him jump from 142nd to 74th.

Other Golf News:

  • American Jessica Korda moved up 10 places to No. 16 in the Rolex Rankings following her impressive victory at the Airbus LPGA Classic. Korda rallied on the final nine holes to shoot a back-nine 30 to win. It was her second victory in 2014 and third of her career.
  • Thomas Bjorn let a big lead slide in England on the European Tour. Bjorn, who continues to lead the Race to Dubai Standings, moved up 10 places to 22nd in the world rankings with his T-3 finish alongside Luke Donald at Wentworth.
  • McIlroy is now second in the Race to Dubai standings and also leads the PGA Tour in back-nine scoring average.
  • With strong efforts at the Airbus LPGA Classic, Lexi Thompson moved into the Top 5 at No. 5 in the Rolex Ranking, while Michelle Wie and Anna Nordqvist both cracked the Top 10.
  • Colin Montogmerie secured his first major championship winning the Senior PGA Championship. It marked his first victory on U.S. soil in his World Golf Hall of Fame career. Inbee Park remained No. 1 ahead of Stacy Lewis and Lydia Ko.