Another week has passed and another golfer has been crowned No. 1 in the world.
As expected, Rory McIlroy passed Jordan Spieth for the top spot this week, holding the ranking by less than three-hundredths of a point.
In fact, it is reportedly the closest differential between Nos. 1 and 2 in the history of the rankings, according to Golf Channel’s Justin Ray. McIlroy’s Official World Golf Ranking average is 11.9826 while Speith sits at 11.9596.
It is McIlroy’s seventh stint as the world number one, but if he’s not careful he might only hold it for one week. While Spieth has won four times this year–including two majors–and McIlroy has won just twice, the tightness of the race means both players might pass the proverbial torch back and forth multiple times.
Add in the third-ranked player in the world, Jason Day, who sits just a few hundredths more than a full point back at 10.9435, and the title can switch hands any week. Day’s stock in the ranking looks the best moving forward, as his recent success will retain full value in the system for weeks to come as the PGA Tour season comes to a close in two weeks.