Back on top: Rory returns to No 1 without getting off the couch

Luke Donald’s slip-up at the Heritage tournament means the Holywood native wakes up as the world’s top golfer again.

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RORY MCILROY WAKES up this morning as the top golfer in the world yet again. And he’d taken the weekend off.

Luke Donald finished 37th at the RBC Heritage yesterday, which was won by Sweden’s Carl Pettersson. He needed a top-eight finish to retain top spot.

The result allowed McIlroy, who took the week off following The Masters, to go back to the top of the list again today.

“#1 again without touching a golf club this week…. I wish it was that easy!” he tweeted.

Pettersson fired a last-day 69 to finish with an overall score of 14-under-par, giving him a whopping five-shot win ahead of American Zach Johnson.
Colt Knost, also of the United States, finished in third at eight-under.

“It was great,” Pettersson said. ”I didn’t want to put too much pressure on myself, so I kind of downplayed the whole thing. But getting off to a birdie on one was great.”

Johnson finished with an erratic 70, which included five birdies and four bogeys, while Knost’s tournament ended poorly as he fired four bogeys and one double-bogey in his 74. The next nine spots down the leaderboard were filled by Americans, with Kevin Stadley and Billy Mayfair finishing in a tie for fourth at six-under, eight shots off the lead.

Luke Donald took the setback in his stride afterwards. “Is it a concern? No,” he said on “Obviously, I’d have liked to have played a bit more consistently this year. I built it up nicely last year through tournaments and winning a bunch.”

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