Henrik Stenson's Silver Medal Pushes Rory McIlroy to Lowest Ranking in Two Years
Henrik Stenson is moving up, and he's pushing four-time major-winner Rory McIlroy in the opposite direction.
With Stenson's silver medal at the Rio Games on Sunday, he's projected to move from fifth to forth in the Official World Golf Ranking come Monday. That will push McIlroy, the current No. 4, to fifth — his lowest ranking in more than two years.
McIlroy was eighth in the world after finishing T14 at the Scottish Open in July 2014, but he jumped to second the following week by winning the British Open. He added a victory at his next event, the WGC-Bridgestone, to move to No. 1 for the first time in his career, a spot he held for 54 straight weeks. McIlroy dropped from third to fourth after his missed the cut at this summer’s U.S. Open at Oakmont, which Dustin Johnson won to leap over him.
As for the others on the Olympic podium, gold-medal winner Justin Rose will move from 12th to ninth, and bronze winner Matt Kuchar will jump from 21st to 15th.