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Rory McIlroy to Take No. 1 Spot From Jordan Spieth Without Playing Tournament

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At the end of the 2015 major season, the most unsettled spot in all of golf is the one every player is searching for: the No. 1 spot in the World Rankings.

It was Rory McIlroy's for a while, then Jordan Spieth's, then McIlroy's again. Following the Deutsche Bank Championship, it is currently Spieth's. But with a missed cut last week, he will lose it again come Monday despite no PGA Tour event this weekend.

Spieth and McIlroy are so close in the world rankings that, even though neither is playing competitive golf this week, McIlroy will lose less points than Spieth will, vaulting him ahead of Spieth once again. Additionally, McIlroy’s world points divisor (events played) will decrease by one, making each of his performances over the last two years worth slightly more than Spieth’s.

Entering the third leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs, the two players will be separated by mere hundredths of a point in world ranking average. Not to be forgotten is Jason Day, less than one point back, with more recent success than McIlroy and Spieth combined. 

All three are in the field for next week's BMW Championship held at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Illinois.

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