McIlroy up to World No 3 – unhappily

Rory McIlroy has moved up to a career-best No 3 in the latest World Rankings – but he is disappointed in the way he did it.

Rory McIlroy has moved up to a career-best No 3 on the latest World Rankings list – but the 22-year-old is a little disappointed in the way he did it.

The reigning US Open champion finished third in Sunday’s KLM Open at the Hilversumsche Golf Club,, having started out in the final round with three quick birdies, but then having failed to capitalise on his fast start and, in the end, allowing Englishman Simon Dyson to claim his second Race to Dubai event in his last six

His other victory came in the Irish Open, courtesy of a 66 and a final 12-under par tally that put him one shot clear of compatriot David Lynn who had posted a 66.

McIlroy closed with what was to him a disappointing 67 after mixing six birdies with three, “too many”, bogies to finish two shots off the pace on 270 and while it was enough to unseat Germany’s off-form Martin Kaymer, it didn’t exactly send the Northern Irish young gun home whooping with joy.

“Finishing third this week is a consolation more than anything, he told the at the weekend,

“It is indeed nice to pick up two thirds in a row because going into last week I wanted to improve my world ranking and I’ve managed to do that,” he said.

“But my competitive spirit is such that I would rather have gone to third in the world by winning this week.

“If I were to have closed out in these (his last two) tournaments I would comfortably have gone to No. 3 in the world and possibly even to No. 2, but I just haven’t been able to manage that these past two weeks.”

Kaymer, the World No 1 for a brief spell after he won the US PGA Championship last year, missed the cut at Hilversumsche and as a consequence has tumbled from No 3 in the World Rankings to No 7 with McIlroy, and the Americans Steve Stricker and Dustin Johnson, now at Nos 4 and 5, being the men who have overtaken him

Inactive Tiger Woods continued his slide from World No ‘1. He’s now down to No 46..

A fierce 45-minute electrical storm on Saturday night meant more delays to the start of Sunday’s earlier final round when Green Keepers staff had to work furiously to get the course into a playable condition. .

It gave McIlroy some valuable extra shut eye after he had been up-and-down much of the night trying to catch TV coverage of girlfriend, Caroline Wozniacki in her losing US Open semi-final battle with Serena Williams.

“It was disappointed for Caroline as she fought so hard, but then Serene is some player, isn’t she,” McIlroy remarked..

“I was in bed from 11pm to 2am and when they still were not out on court, I went back to bed from 2.30am to 4am and slept, and then watched her match from 4am to 6am, and then maybe slept again from about 6.30am to eight-o-clock,” he disclosed.

“That that extra hour’s delay gave me another hour’s rest which was nice.”

The Ulsterman will next take a fortnight’s break from competition before his next event, the Alfred Dunhill Links, where his father, Gerry McIlroy will again be his pro-am partner.

In direct contrast to McIlroy, Dyson, who has moved into a career best No 28 on the World Rankings list, was delighted by his third KLM victory in six years – and by the fact that it has enabled him to join two of Europe’s greatest golfing sons, Seve Ballesteros and Bernhard Langer, as triple Dutch title winners.

“I am absolutely delighted to have my name on the same trophy as Seve and Bernhard. It’s a dream come true,” Dyson said with more emotion than he usually exhibits..

“To win any title once is very tough but to win the same title three times is a fantastic feeling.” he added.

The World Ranking leaders

1 Luke Donald 10.48
2 Lee Westwood 8.21
3 Rory McIlroy 7.09
4 Steve Stricker 6.90
5 Dustin Johnson 6.80
6 Martin Kaymer 6.77
7 Jason Day 6.17
8 Matt Kuchar 5.86
9 Phil Mickelson 5.85
10 Adam Scott 5.76
11 Nick Watney 5.40
12 Charl Schwartzel 5.03
13 Bubba Watson 4.69
14 Graeme McDowell 4.66
15 Webb Simpson 4.64
16 KJ Choi 4.51
17 David Toms 4.11
18 Ian Poulter 4.02
19 Paul Casey 3.85
20 Robert Karlsson 3.80.
Other leading Europeans:
25 Anders Hansen
26 Francesco Molinari
27 Thomas Bjorn
28 Simon Dyson
31 Alvaro Quiros
32 Matteo Manassero
33 Martin Laird
36 Darren Clarke
39 Miguel A Jimenez
40 Justin Rose
48 Sergio Garcia
52 Peter Hanson
53 Edoardo Molinari
59 Fredrik Jacobson
68 Ross Fisher
69 Alexander Noren
78 Padraig Harrington
79 Nicolas Colsaerts
83 Brian Davis
84 Raphael Jacquelin
89 Pablo Larrazabal
91 Fredrik Andersson Hed
92 Jamie Donaldson
98 David Horsey
100 Johan Edfors