Rory McIlroy ends 2012 on a high as he tops the Official World Golf Ranking

Last Updated: 20/12/12 5:08pm

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Rory McIlroy: Ends an impressive 2012 as world number one

Rory McIlroy: Ends an impressive 2012 as world number one

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Rory McIlroy ends the year on a high as he tops the Official World Golf Ranking, with British team-mate Luke Donald in second.

Marked as the successor to 14-time Major winner Tiger Woods, McIlroy tops the list with a total of 596.99 points scored, with 2011's world number one Donald following (345.77).

McIlroy, who finished last year ranked third, has enjoyed a stunning 2012, winning the USPGA Championship by an impressive eight shots as well as successfully retaining the Ryder Cup in Medinah as part of the European team.

American Woods ends 2012 ranked behind the two Brits, a significant improvement on his 23rd place finish in 2011, with Justin Rose in fourth.

The rankings reveal there are 19 Europeans in the leading 50, and a further 18 have already booked their spots in the first major of 2013.

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