Tour Confidential: Is Rory McIlroy the once and future World No. 1? Plus, Monty's major and the merits of a U.S. Open age limit

Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott
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Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott each completed come-from-behind victories on Sunday.

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1. Rory McIlroy ends his engagement, then comes from seven back to win the BMW PGA at Wentworth in England. Are we now looking at the once and future No. 1 in the world?

Joe Passov, senior editor, Golf Magazine (@joepassov): What a remarkable week. Maybe a huge sigh of relief, maybe his golf was the perfect distraction, but this was vintage Rory. A swing so rhythmic, yet so powerful, you want to cry. He was awesome with the driver. He missed a couple of short putts and, strangely, hit some poor irons when it mattered, but just killed it in every other way. Adam Scott was awfully impressive in his own right this week, but consider me sold on Rory.

Michael Bamberger, senior writer, Sports Illustrated: Whether he becomes, as the Brits like to say, "world number one" again or not is not relevant. What is, of course, is what a cleared mind will allow a golfer to do. Rory's future will likely be like his past, brilliant at times and ordinary at others. He'll contend often and win some percentage of those times, in tournaments major and not-so-major.

Josh Sens, contributing writer, Golf Magazine (@JoshSens): Amazing how life spills into golf. Rory must have been having doubts for some time and it's hard to imagine it wasn't affecting his mindset on the course. But No. 1? I don't think so. Rory has had issues other than a distracting relationship.

Gary Van Sickle, senior writer, Sports Illustrated (@GaryVanSickle): It's still a ways to No. 1 for Rory, but he's got as good a chance as anyone. We thought his win in Australia last winter was the win that brought him all the way back and that didn't happen. He's going to have to fight over it with Adam Scott, Justin Rose and, maybe next year, Tiger Woods. It's too early to hand anything to Rory, but it's good to see him win again.

Jeff Ritter, senior editor, Sports Illustrated Golf Group (@Jeff_Ritter): He was the once and future No. 1 no matter what happened with Caroline. Talent wins out. Have to admit, I'm surprised he won this week given that the breakup is so fresh and he was obviously shaken. Now you have wonder if Caroline is the one who feels even worse. Hope she wins her next event, too.

2. The current No. 1 Adam Scott won in a playoff over Jason Dufner at Colonial -- and made a clutch 15-footer to stay alive on the second playoff hole. There was some grumbling when Scott ascended to the top spot despite not playing last week. How much does this win validate Scott's No. 1 ranking?

VAN SICKLE: That was a terrific win for Scott on a golf course that you can't overpower. He got off to a bad start, overcame a few foul-ups and then was Mr. Clutch in the playoff with Dufner. You get to No. 1, and then you rally to win your first time out? Oh, yeah, that validates the ranking big-time.

BAMBERGER: I am on strike from the rankings. I do regard Scott as the best player in the game now, but not by any significant margin.

RITTER: Majors are the ultimate validation, but for a first event as No.1, you can't ask for anything more.

SENS: Scott wasn’t topping the best field in the world. Rory wasn't in the event. Or Tiger. Or current No. 3 Henrik Stenson. So I don't see this win as the ultimate stamp of approval. That will come when he loses that broomstick and still wins a major.

PASSOV: This Colonial win was big-time validation for Adam Scott's No. 1 ranking. He needed to close -- or win -- at some point soon, to make up for Bay Hill and the Masters. He won on a shotmaker’s course, at a historic venue, where your name on the trophy means something, and he beat a fellow 2013 major winner in a playoff. Impressive stuff. That said, this whole week-to-week, who's No. 1 thing is just silly. OK, feather in the cap to say you were (once) No. 1 in the world, but golf supremacy is about majors, period.

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