McIlroy could return to No. 1 without even playing at Barclays

When Jordan Spieth was beaten by Jason Day in the PGA Championship, he simultaneously ascended up the Official World Golf Ranking to No. 1.

The Barclays this week will be the first event that Spieth participates in with this title. And he himself has admitted that he’s still getting comfortable with it.

“I don’t know the feeling of trying to hold No. 1 because now you’re the one with the target and everyone else is chasing towards that position,” he said on Tuesday at Plainfield Country Club. “But again, it can change in two weeks’ time, so I’m aware of that. And that bit of fear on the back end of it is enough to get me going and to keep working hard.”

According to research from Golf Channel, Rory McIlroy, currently second on the Official World Golf Rankings, could reclaim the No. 1 spot this weekend without even playing. Spieth must finish 14th or better to hold onto his title.

Spieth has had an incredibly successful season so far, and the Grand Slam didn’t seem far away. He won the first two majors of the year, missed the playoff by a stroke in The Open Championship and finishing second on the PGA Championship.

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