World Golf Ranking: Rory McIlroy Drops to Lowest Spot for the First Time Since 2009

Published 05/04/2021, 7:47 AM EDT
Golf – The Masters – Augusta National Golf Club – Augusta, Georgia, U.S. – April 5, 2021 Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy on the first green during a practice round REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst


Witnessing a Rory McIlroy masterclass is very rare these days. It is no secret that the Northern Irishman is enduring a form slump and the recent World Golf Ranking update proves the same as well. McIlroy has dropped down to an all-time low on the ranking for the first time in over a decade! 

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The PGA Tour saw Rory McIlroy dominate in the 2010s decade. Some fans might even call him the best player of that particular era. While that is a debate for another day, the brilliance of the golfer cannot be denied and he’s been incredibly consistent as well. 

Speaking about consistency, Rory McIlroy has never dropped below the Top 15 of the Official World Golf Ranking since 2009. Right now, McIlroy has plummeted to the 15th spot on the rankings which is the lowest he’s ever been since the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament 12 years ago! 

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Golf – The Masters – Augusta National Golf Club – Augusta, Georgia, U.S. – April 9, 2021 Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy reacts on the 16th green during the second round REUTERS/Mike Segar

It is incredible to know that Rory McIlroy has stayed inside the Top 15 of the OWGR since 2009. That is terrific consistency, but he’s now on the verge of snapping the streak. McIlroy dropped to the 15th spot after missing the cut at the 2021 Masters, and the situation can worsen if his slump continues. 

Justin Thomas is surprised at how Rory McIlroy has been playing

Rory McIlroy has been struggling to find his game this season. He’s yet to achieve a Top 3 finish this season and has made 12 starts so far. McIlroy has four Top 10 finishes but has been enduring a very uncharacteristic season. 

“Yeah, I’m very surprised. I think we all are,” Justin Thomas mentioned about McIlroy’s struggles. Thomas did not downplay the issue and expressed his honest opinion about the fellow PGA Tour pro. 

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Rory McIlroy has two missed cuts in his last five starts. His swing troubles are certainly a cause for concern. There is so much on his shoulders and fans are expecting him to perform at a consistent level once again. 

McIlroy will next play at the Wells Fargo Championship which is familiar territory to him. He’s the only two-time winner of the tournament and a record holder at the venue as well. Will this be the event where it all turns around for the 32-year-old?

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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