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Rory McIlroy off top spot but hungry to hit back

Rory McIlroy has surrendered his place at the top of golf's world rankings to Jordan Speith.

The Holywood man won't be in the American's shadow for long though as thanks to the vagaries of the system he will regain the number one spot next week.

Despite a final-day 66 McIlroy missed out on a top-10 finish in the Deutsche Bank Championship, in Boston, which allowed Spieth to overtake him as number one, even though the Masters and US Open champion failed to make the cut.

For McIlroy it is not the mathematics that decides who is the world's top golfer, it is down to who is in the best form.

"People aren't blind. They can see who's playing the best golf - and right now it isn't me," said McIlroy.

"I holed some putts finally and really got it going on the front nine, then it was sort of back to the same old stuff that I had been doing the rest of the week - giving myself chances and not really converting any."

McIlroy still secured the top-44 placing required to ensure that the American's second stint at the summit would last only six days.

Spieth has now missed two cuts in as many weeks and is even more out of sorts than McIlroy, who fared commendably considering this was his second event in 10 weeks because of the ankle ligament he tore in July.

Rickie Fowler won the tournament as a final round 68 saw him finish 15 under par, one shot ahead of Henrick Stenson.

Charley Hoffman was third, three shots further back.

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