Rory McIlroy spent a short two weeks ranked as the world’s best golfer. But it wasn’t the shortest reign in the history of the rankings.
Since the inception of the world golf rankings in 1986, 16 golfers have assumed the title of world’s number one golfer. Rory McIlroy was the newest golfer to hold the position but only held the title for two weeks before Luke Donald took over with a win at the Transitions Championship.
But the two week reign by McIlroy was not the shortest in the (relatively short) history of the world golf rankings. Tom Lehman held the number one position for one week in 1997, just before the record breaking reign of Tiger Woods.
Here is the full list of golfers who have held the number one golf ranking.
- Bernard Langer (3 weeks)
- Sever Ballesteros (61)
- Greg Norman (331)
- Nick Faldo (97)
- Ian Woosnam (50)
- Fred CouplesS (16)
- Nick Price (44)
- Tom Lehman (1)
- Ernie Els (9)
- David Duval (15)
- Vijay Singh (32)
- Tiger Woods (623)*
- Martin Kaymer (8)
- Lee Westwood (22)
- Luke Donald (41)
- Rory McIlroy (2)
*Woods holds the longest consecutive streak as No. 1 at 281 weeks.
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