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Rory McIlroy proves worthy of No. 1

Updated: March 5, 2012, 12:56 AM ET
By Bob Harig | ESPN.com

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Perhaps this will simply go down as a step along the journey, a place where he would inevitably arrive, the date and time not nearly as important as the destination itself.

Rory McIlroy, almost everyone in the game of golf concurs, was headed to the No. 1 ranking he achieved Sunday by winning the Honda Classic.

But to do it while Tiger Woods was shooting 62 six groups ahead of him to finish second in his best performance in more than two years?

Now ...

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