PGA Tour professionals ask themselves a simple question these days: Brooks Koepka or Rory McIlroy? The title of “Player of the Year” will belong to one of these two names, and both seem to have equal chances. In the current ranking, Koepka is in first place but McIlroy is only three points behind. And he knows what it means to be at the top: McIlroy enjoyed being the first in the Official World Golf Ranking for 95 weeks. However, since September 2015, he has not been able to get the top spot.

He intends to close the gap pretty soon: Before the Omega European Masters event, he stated that “Wentworth (BMW PGA) will be a big opportunity for world-ranking points. There is also WGC coming up. There is still a lot to play for and this will be my focus for the rest of the year – getting closer to that number 1 spot.” McIlroy is scheduled to play in four events: BMW PGA Championship, Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, Zozo Championship, and WGC-HSBC Champions. And on November, the final three events on the European Tour will start. McIlroy seems to be pretty dedicated to getting that number one spot, but as always, time will tell.

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