August 05, 2014
- Justin Rose (left) and Sergio Garcia could each become World No. 1 for the first time this week.
Rory McIlroy ascended to the top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time since March 2013 after his victory at last week's World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. McIlroy's fifth stay at No. 1 could be short-lived, though. Four players have the opportunity to supplant him at this week's PGA Championship.
Here's a look at the scenarios that could produce a change atop the OWGR:
-- No. 2 Adam Scott, who was No. 1 from May 19 to August 3, would return to No. 1 if he wins this week, irrespective of McIlroy's finish. Scott also is the only player who could supplant McIlroy with less than a victory. Scott could become No. 1 with a top-20 finish if McIlroy misses the cut and Garcia, Stenson or Rose don't win.
-- No. 3 Sergio Garcia could become No. 1 for the first time in his career if he wins, McIlroy is outside the top five and Scott finishes outside the top four at Valhalla. Garcia was a career-high No. 2, most recently in 2009.
-- No. 4 Henrik Stenson needs to win to become No. 1 for the first time, and would need McIlroy to finish outside the top 14 and Scott to finish outside the top nine. Stenson, the 2013 FedExCup champion, has been as high as No. 2 in the world ranking.
-- No. 5 Justin Rose needs to win and have McIlroy finish outside the top 56 and Scott finish outside the top 17 to become No. 1. Rose was a career-high No. 3 in the Official World Golf Ranking last month after winning the Quicken Loans National and Scottish Open in consecutive starts.