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Rory McIlroy at Bridgestone

Jumping up to No. 2 in the world after winning the Open Championship two weeks ago was a great step forward for Rory McIlroy.

He can take another one this weekend if he wins the WGC Bridgestone and current No. 1 Adam Scott finishes no better than No. 6.

If those two things happen, McIlroy will retake the No. 1 ranking in the world for the first time since March 24, 2013. McIlroy has spent 39 weeks at the No.1 spot all-time, the eighth-highest total in the 28-year-history of the Official World Golf Rankings.

The rankings began in April of 1986 with Germany’s Bernard Langer as the first recognized No. 1 player.

McIlroy first became No. 1 on March 4, 2012, and held the position for two weeks. He traded the top spot back and forth with Luke Donald for the rest of that year before claiming it for 32 straight weeks between August 2012 and March 2013, when he lost it to Tiger Woods.

Not surprisingly, Woods has the records for most weeks at No. 1 (683) and most consecutive weeks at No. 1 (264 between 1999 and 2005).

Scott has been No. 1 for the past 11 weeks.

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