April 15 2012
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- A year ago, Luke Donald had a chance to claim the top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking with a win at the RBC Heritage. This time, he will lose it.
Donald shot an even-par 71 Sunday at Harbour Town, where he needed to finish in the top 8 to maintain his slim lead on Rory McIlroy. He is currently tied for 44th.
This will mark the second time that Donald, who first moved to No. 1 in the world following his victory at last year’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, will fall out of the top spot. Earlier this year, McIlroy passed Donald when he won The Honda Classic.
Two weeks later, Donald reclaimed the top spot with a victory at the Transitions Championship.
McIlroy, meanwhile, is off this week and will next play at the Wells Fargo Championship later this month at Quail Hollow Country Club.