Rory McIlroy denied world number one spot

Rory McIlroy denied world number one spot
A fantastic performance from US professional golfer Hunter Mahan saw Rory McIlroy denied the number one spot in the world rankings at the WGC-Accenture Match Play event in Tuscon, Arizona yesterday (February 26th).

Having already knocked out closest rival for the coveted position Lee Westwood in the semi-final earlier in the day, the young Northern Irishman's attempt to dethrone England's Luke Donald was unsuccessful as he lost two and one.

Although he will get the chance to aim for the number one spot again at the upcoming Honda Classic in Florida - where Donald will not take part - McIlroy will face almost 140 fellow professionals, as opposed to just one like this weekend.

The 22-year-old went from playing sensational golf when up against world number three Westwood to making several mistakes early on in his game against Ryder Cup star Mahan.

"It wasn't to be. I didn't have my best game with me this week, but I'm happy with how I'm playing and hopefully it won't be long before I'm winning again," McIlroy commented following his loss.

"I've got two more tournaments before the Masters and that's what I'm building up to."

Mahan - who matched the Northern Irishman's two birdies on the 14th and 15th - sailed to victory with a par on the 17th hole after shooting from 15-feet on the short 16th just moments before.

Mahan told the press he believes he has beaten the best player in the world at the moment, adding: "I felt great with my game coming in, switched putters and was able to run it out.

"We didn't have our best stuff early, but I was able to capitalise on a few miscues."

Westwood won three of the first four against McIlroy early on Sunday, but allowed the talented youngster to swoop in for a triumph by bogeying the fifth.

Meanwhile, South African Keith Horne took the crown at the Telkom PGA Championship with a final round score of 69 at Country Club Johannesburg this weekend at the country's second oldest professional tournament.

The 40-year-old finished the competition on 19-under-par to receive the fifth title of his career, which has seen him take part in events across most of Africa, Asia and Europe.

"I'm over the moon that I can tick this off. I would've been disappointed to have played in South Africa for so long and never won a big tournament - and this is a big one," he commented. ADNFCR-1532-ID-801302902-ADNFCR

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