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Being No. 1 not what it used to be

Updated: April 17, 2012, 8:08 AM ET
By Justin Ray

With Luke Donald's resounding 2-over-par thud at the RBC Heritage last week, the world's No. 1 ranking changed hands for the seventh time since Halloween 2010. Rory McIlroy reclaimed the spot, as he tweeted Sunday, "without picking up a club."

Before the world-No.-1 shuffle began about 17 months ago, one player had held the title for 281 consecutive weeks. In fact, Tiger Woods had the spot for 545 of 585 weeks (over 93 percent of the time) from August 1999 until Oct. 31, 2010. And in that ...

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