‘The first thing I’ve ever beaten Tiger at’: Rory McIlroy eclipses Woods with incredible milestone

November 11, 2019

Rory McIlroy’s incredible resume just keeps getting more and more impressive. The Northern Irishman has 18 wins on the PGA Tour (including four major championships), nine European Tour wins, and two FedEx Cup titles. He’s also already up to No. 8 on the PGA Tour’s career money list with over $51 million in earnings.

And now, McIlroy can add yet another sparkling achievement to that illustrious list: He’s spent 500 weeks inside the top 10 in the World Ranking, making him, at 30 1/2, the youngest player ever to reach such a milestone. And in case you’re wondering about where Tiger Woods falls on that spectrum, McIlroy is four months younger than the Big Cat was when he achieved the same feat.

The awe-inspiring statistic was first tweeted by the handle @VC606 (“Nosferatu”). Apparently, Rory was just as surprised by the information, because he included the tweet in an Instagram story, accompanied by three head-exploding emojis.

“The first (and maybe last) thing I’ve ever beaten Tiger at,” McIlroy added at the bottom, with a laughter emoji.

Rory is enjoying an exceptional run, with 14 top 10s in 19 events last season, and a T3 finish and a win in his two most recent starts. He’s ranked second in the world and is closing in on Brooks Koepka, who has been recuperating from a procedure on his knee. McIlroy’s ranking was as high as No. 13 just last November. His most recent week as world No. 1 was in September 2015.

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