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    McIlroy, Stenson could overtake Scott as World No. 1

  • Rory McIlroy last held the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Ranking on March 24, 2013. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)Rory McIlroy last held the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Ranking on March 24, 2013. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson both have an opportunity to take over the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Ranking with a victory at this week's World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

Both players need to win to supplant Adam Scott as the world's top-ranked player. McIlroy, who's No. 2 in the OWGR, would need to win and have Scott finish outside the top five at Firestone Country Club. Stenson, the world's third-ranked player, would need to win and have Scott finish outside the top 40.

McIlroy has held the top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking on four occasions, most recently for 29 weeks from August 13, 2012, to March 24, 2013. Stenson, the 2013 FedExCup champion, has never been No. 1.

Stenson was a career-high second in the Official World Golf Ranking until McIlroy moved to No. 2 after winning The Open Championship.

Scott has been No. 1 in the world ranking ever since taking the top spot for the first time in his career on May 18.

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