‘I need a spark’ – Rory McIlroy out of world top ten ahead of The Players Championship

Rory McIlroy has fallen out of the top ten in the golf world ranking for the first time in three years. . . The four-time major winner, who was ranked number one in June 2020, fell out of the top 10, and was replaced by Bryson DeChambeau, winner of the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday. . . McIlroy finished eight shots behind DeChambeau on Sunday following a final-round 76 and speaking on Sky Sports after his round admitted I need something, I need a spark – I need something and I just dont seem to have it. . . Some days its good, some days its not, he added. . . McIlroy has not won since 2019 but will enter this weeks The Players Championship as the defending champion. The event was cancelled amid the coronavirus pandemic last year, beginning the PGA Tours three and a half-month hiatus. . . Some stuff that I dont know how to describe, but just a little dejected or maybe looking to go in a different direction, McIlroy said. . . Meanwhile, Phil Mickelson has fallen outside the top 100 of the world rankings for the first time in 28 years. . . Mickelson is now ranked at number 101, ending his record streak at 1,425 weeks. . . The 50-year-old first appeared in the top 100 in August 1993 after winning The International. In November 2019, Mickelson fell outside the top 50 for the first time since November 1993. . . In 2021, Mickelson has played in three PGA Tour events, missing the cut twice and finishing tied for 53rd at the Farmers Insurance Open. He played in one PGA Tour Champions event, the Cologuard Classic, where world-ranking points are not earned. He finished 20th. . . Mickelson has won 44 PGA Tour events, including five major championships. He never reached number one in the world yet held the number two spot for 270 weeks, behind Tiger Woods each week. . . In this weeks rankings, Dustin Johnson remains at number one, following in the top five by Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa and Xander Schauffele. DeChambeau jumped from 11th to sixth. . . Jordan Spieth, who reached number one in 2015 but has struggled to find that form in recent years, moved up to 52 – his highest ranking since February 2020. . . Spieth has three top-five finishes in his past four tournaments.

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