27 Feb 2012

McIlroy bids for world's top ranking

8:30 am on 27 February 2012

The Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy could soon be the new world number one, having made the final of the WGC world matchplay championship in Arizona.

In the semi-finals, McIlroy overturned an early three hole deficit to beat England's Lee Westwood 3 and 1, while Hunter Mahan beat his American countryman Mark Wilson 2 and 1.

Victory for 22 year old McIlroy in the final would make him the second youngest world number one in history, behind Tiger Woods.