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McIlroy holds off Tiger, goes to No. 1

 Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, tees off on the third hole during the final round of the Honda Classic golf tournament in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla....
 Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, tees off on the third hole during the final round of the Honda Classic golf tournament in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla....
 Tiger Woods reacts after making eagle on the 18th hole during the final round of the Honda Classic golf tournament in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Sunda...
 Tiger Woods hits an approach shot to the 17th hole during the final round of the Honda Classic golf tournament in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Sunday, M...

Honda Classic Golf

Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, tees off on the third hole during the final round of the Honda Classic golf tournament in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla....

Honda Classic Golf

Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, tees off on the third hole during the final round of the Honda Classic golf tournament in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla....

Honda Classic Golf

Tiger Woods reacts after making eagle on the 18th hole during the final round of the Honda Classic golf tournament in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Sunda...

Honda Classic Golf

Tiger Woods hits an approach shot to the 17th hole during the final round of the Honda Classic golf tournament in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Sunday, M...

Rory McIlroy won the Honda Classic with a performance worthy of the new No. 1 player in golf.
Right when it looked as though McIlroy had no serious challenge Sunday, Tiger Woods put some color into that red shirt with a birdie-eagle finish to shoot 62 and get within one shot of the lead.
McIlroy answered with a birdie, and then made three clutch par saves during a daunting stretch at PGA National. He closed with a 1-under 69 for the victory he needed to move to No. 1 in the world.
He is the 16th player to be atop the world ranking, and at age 22, the second-youngest No. 1 player behind Woods.
Woods had his lowest final round ever and finished two behind, along with Tom Gillis (69).


Updated : 2021-04-19 00:05 GMT+08:00