Rory McIlroy's grip on the world number one spot in golf loosened Friday after a disastrous seven-over-par 79 at the European Tour's PGA Championship at Wentworth saw the Northern Irishman miss the cut.
When Luke Donald became the first player to top the PGA and European Tour money lists in December last year, it seemed unimaginable the Briton's position at the top of world golf would be called into question just three months later.
Rory McIlroy's first round as new world number one ended in a disappointing one-over par 73 as Adam Scott and Jason Dufner set the pace in the WGC-Cadillac Championships at Doral in the U.S. state of Florida.
Rory McIlroy says the Race to Dubai is over, but Luke Donald is taking nothing for granted as he bids to become the first golfer to top both the European and U.S. money lists in the same season on Sunday.
World number one Luke Donald has already set his sights on winning his first major in 2012, ahead of a weekend which could see the Englishman become the first golfer to top both the European and PGA Tour money lists.
World number two Rory McIlroy retained a share of the lead at the Hong Kong Open despite a poor finish to Friday's second round, keeping alive his hopes of overhauling Luke Donald at the top of the European Tour money list.
Luke Donald faltered in his bid to top the money list on both the European and PGA Tours after a one-under-par 71 left him five shots off the pace at the halfway stage of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic in Florida.
Keegan Bradley is looking forward to another tussle with Jason Dufner at the lucrative Tour Championship this weekend in Atlanta, where he defeated his fellow American in a playoff to win his first major title.