The 22 year old Rory Mcilroy of Northern Ireland landed on the world no. 2 spot after his fourth place finish at the WGC-HSBC Champions event.
Mcilroy’s last-hole birdie in Shanghai has taken him to a career-high second in the world.
Now only England’s Luke Donald is ahead of the 22-year-old US Open champion. McIlroy is now third in the European Tour’s Race to Dubai money list.
McIlroy, winner of the lucrative Shanghai Masters a week earler, said: “It was not really what I was looking for today, but I finished off quite well.
WORLD GOLF RANKINGS: (Top 5)
1.) Luke Donald (Eng)
2.) Rory McIlroy (NI)
3.) Lee Westwood (Eng)
4.) Martin Kaymer (Ger)
5.) Dustin Johnson (USA)