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Rory McIlroy returns to golf's world number one spot... and he didn't even have to swing a club

Rory McIlroy has returned to the top spot in world golf rankings and the Holywood man didn't have a swing in the matter.

Rival Jordan Spieth had overtaken McIlroy to claim the world number one slot after finishing runner-up to Jason Day at the US PGA Championship two weeks ago.

Spieth became the second youngest player after Tiger Woods to top the rankings.

However, the American's opening two rounds of 74 and 73 at Plainfield Country Club last week saw him relinquish his rankings following their publication on Monday.

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New world number one McIlroy was not in action this week.

He has been battling injury after rupturing ankle ligaments during a friendly kick-about with friends and missed out on the defence of his titles at the Open and the Bridgestone Invitational this year.

The 26-year-old returned to action at the US PGA Championship to finish 19th.

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