McIlroy loses number one spot

Published Sunday, 27 May 2012
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Rory McIlroy's disastrous week at Wentworth got worse on Sunday after Luke Donald turned on the style to win and retake the world number one spot.

McIlroy loses number one spot
Rory McIlroy reacts to his tee shot on the 14th hole at Wentworth. (© Getty)

McIlroy missed a second successive cut at the competition on Friday after he delivered his worst-ever tournament performance in Europe.

It meant Donald only needed a top-eight finish to top the rankings for a fourth time - but he turned in an accomplished performance to take first prize with a closing 68 and 15-under-par total of 273.

He and McIlroy have now changed places six times since March.

But the 23-year-old from Holywood, who crashed out of the flagship event just a fortnight after exiting the Players Championship in Florida, will now have his sights set on making a comeback.

He will meet Donald at the Memorial tournament in Ohio starting on Thursday, ahead of the US Open set to start in San Francisco on 14 June.

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