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|-17 R McIlroy (NI); -16 K Kitayama (US); -15 KH Lee (Kor); -14 T Fleetwood (Eng), J Rahm (Spa)|
|Selected others:-9 M Fitzpatrick (Eng), T Hatton (Eng); -6 S Lowry (Ire); -2 D Willett (Eng)|
For the first time in more than two years, the world's best golfer is back at the top of his game.
The golfer from Northern Ireland shot a four-under-par 67 to win the Congaree Golf Club tournament by one shot.
The American Kurt Kitayama hit a 67 on Sunday and was able to draw level with the leader.
However, he made three straight shots of his own.
"It means a lot to me, it's my 23rd win on the tour," he said after the victory.
Over the past year, I've worked so hard to return to this place. I enjoy this game as much as I ever have.
Over the past year, I've definitely seen the joy that comes from playing golf and I love it. It makes me happy.
When he held a one shot lead going into the final day, he knew a win would propel him to the top of the world rankings.
The American who finished in a tie for 45th on one under would have leapfrogged him if he had finished second.
The 14th, 15th and 16th holes gave him a three-shot cushion over his nearest competitor.
Even though he bogeyed the last two holes, the four-time major winner came home in comfort.
He said that he was proud of himself right now.
It's satisfying to try to get the best out of myself.
I don't think I will figure it out, but every day I try to get closer.