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Rory McIlroy makes spectacular return to world top 10
May 3, 2010

Rory McIlroy set a new course record en route to winning the Quail Hollow Championship, his first US PGA title, as he became the youngest winner on the Tour since Tiger Woods in 1996. The Northern Irishman, who turns 21 on Tuesday, enjoyed a blistering round, capped by a 43 foot birdie putt on the 18th, to sign for a 62 and win by four shots from Phil Mickelson. Victory lifted him back into the world's top ten at world number 9, a jump of 4 positions.

A birdie on the 72nd hole for outright second place gives Phil Mickelson an opportunity to take the world number one spot at this week's Player's Championship if he can win and Tiger Woods finishes outside the top 5.

Alvaro Quiros has joined Seve Ballesteros and Sergio Garcia as the only home winners of the Open de España since 1972. At 35th in the world, Quiros was the highest-ranked player in the field at the Real Club de Golf in Seville. He grabbed his fourth European Tour title with a par on the first hole of a play-off with English rookie James Morrison and jumps to world number 31.

Ryo Ishikawa set a new Japan Golf Tour record by carding a stunning 12-under-par 58 to win the seventh title of his career at The Crowns. The 18-year-old started the day six shots behind overnight leader Shigeki Maruyama but conjured up 12 birdies, including nine on his first 11 holes, without dropping a shot for a five-stroke victory at Nagoya Golf Club. Ishikawa climbs 9 places to world number 38.


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