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McIlroy claims Honda Classic and No1 Spot

Rory McIlroy won Sunday's Honda Classic and becomes the second youngest ever World Number One. His two stroke victory was ahead of the youngest ever World Number One Tiger Woods, who shot a final round of 62, and 43-year-old American Tom Gillis.

"The way I won today was great. It was tough, especially seeing Tiger make a charge," McIlroy said. "I knew par golf would probably be good enough. To shoot one-under in these conditions, when you go into the round with the lead, is very nice. And I was just able to get the job done."

Nine shots behind McIlroy at the start of the Sunday, Woods put the pressure on the youngster shooting four birdies and one eagle over the first 17 holes. An eagle on the par-five final hole gave Woods a 62 and a total of 10-under par, one shot behind.

"It's just building," Woods said of his game. "I was putting together the pieces each and every day. I wasn't that far off, and it was just kind of building. I had a great time out there."

Despite the magnificient showing from the former No1, McIlroy was able to par the final hole to secure victory, his third on the Tour, and climb the pedestal to top of the rankings.

Since the US PGA last August he has played in 11 ranking events and finished outside the top five in only one of them. "It means an awful lot to be able to call yourself the No1 player in the world: it is a great achievement," he said. "I am very honoured to join the list of guys who have held that spot. Hopefully I can keep a hold it for a little while."

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