Left field

The Reuters global sports blog

McIlroy top of the world, Woods firing…Florida serves up a classic


Rory McIlroy became the second youngest number one golfer on Sunday after Tiger Woods when the Northern Irishman survived a final-round special from the 14-times major winner at the Honda Classic in Florida.

Golf is in fine fettle. 22-year-old McIlroy can do no wrong, Woods is showing signs of a resurgence and the pair will meet again at next week’s WGC-Cadillac Championship in nearby Doral for another elite-field event.

World number three Lee Westwood also shone on Sunday with a seven-under-par final-round 63 and by the tournament’s conclusion the leaderboard was a feast of talent.

The critics who had circled for 40 weeks since England’s Luke Donald reached top spot last May can now be silent again.