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World No. 1 at stake for Rory McIlroy

Updated: February 25, 2012, 1:37 AM ET
By Farrell Evans | ESPN.com

MARANA, Ariz. -- For 281 weeks, Tiger Woods was the No. 1-ranked player in the world. When he lost that mantle in October 2010, a void was left in the game. Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Luke Donald have tried to fill the slot, but their impressions of greatness have failed to sustain the aura that men like Woods and Greg Norman brought to the ranking when it was launched in 1986.

Since turning pro in 2007, Rory McIlroy has shown the potential to carry on the legacy of Woods and Norman. ...

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