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Rory McIlroy No. 1, but for how long?

Has there been a more dramatic Sunday this year in golf than the final round at the Honda Classic? Two former world No. 1s in Tiger Woods and Lee Westwood making a charge, including a Sunday 62 from Woods. Reigning Masters champ Charl Schwartzel in the mix. And oh yeah, Rory McIlroy needing a victory to become the 16th player in golf history to take over as the No. 1 player in the world.

Our experts analyze McIlroy's third PGA Tour win plus look ahead to this week's event -- the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral -- and more in our latest edition of Monday Four-Ball.

And we've started including the best tweets from you, the readers, who post answers to the questions sent out on our Twitter account, @ESPN_Golf, so make sure to share your opinions, and we'll include the best of the best.


1. At the end of the year, which golfer will own the most weeks in 2012 as world No. 1?

Michael Collins, ESPN.com senior golf writer: Luke Donald, but not by much. I say he takes back No. 1 this week at Doral. But the battle will be back and forth all year. Just what golf needs, a rivalry with no Americans. Is there a font for sarcasm?

Farrell Evans, ESPN.com senior golf writer: Based on what we've seen from Rory McIlroy over the past few weeks, I don't know how he loses No. 1 through the remainder of the season.

Bob Harig, ESPN.com senior golf writer: Rory McIlroy. That's a pretty easy assumption, especially if he continues on the kind of run he's been on of late. It's not necessarily about winning, but being consistent. McIlroy has been in contention at nearly every tournament he's played for months.

Kevin Maguire, ESPN.com senior golf editor: Rory McIlroy. The Northern Irishman's game is self-admittedly designed for the majors. OK, maybe not the Open Championship, but still, that's where the most world rankings points are available and that's where he'll bring his best stuff.

@Twitter answers:

@JRichert1: Rory was more impressive, but he better get used to Tiger breathing down his neck.


2. Who wins his next major first -- Rory McIlroy or Tiger Woods?

Collins: Tiger Woods will win the Masters, Rory will finish second. Rory will win the U.S. Open … again. Westwood will win the British and another no-name will win the PGA. Who's coming to Vegas with me?!

Evans: Rory will win the Masters in April.

Harig: Tiger. This is not an easy call, because McIlroy has contended in several majors and it would be impressive to have them both in the mix. But you get the feeling that Woods is peaking for the big ones. He's been tied for fourth at the Masters the past two years. And I like his chances at Royal Lytham.

Maguire: I'll go with McIlroy, mainly because of the huge uncertainty around Tiger's game. A final-round 62 at the Honda certainly bodes well for Woods, and he could probably win at Augusta in his sleep, but until he gets back on the winning horse, taking home any title will be a difficult accomplishment.

@Twitter answers:

@alstevens: Rory on both counts. His game is too good to stop right now. #golf


3. More impressive: Rory's finish under pressure Sunday or Tiger's 62?

Collins: Rory's finish after hearing the roar of Tiger's eagle on the 18th and still having to play the Bear Trap. Then the bunker shots on the 15th and 17th holes under that pressure. He's 22 and the last time we saw someone … wait let's not start that talk quite yet.

Evans: Rory's finish. Tiger had to make birdies to get back into the tournament. There was no pressure for him to play well. Rory was playing for No. 1 in the world after losing last week in the WGC-Accenture Match Play. Both were impressive performances, but Rory's clutch par-saving putts during the final round were the key determinant in the outcome of the event.

Harig: Rory's. Tiger didn't have a lot to lose Sunday. He could have shot 66 and it would have been a nice end to the tournament, and you did not figure he could make up 9 shots. But Rory had a 2-shot lead, the No. 1 ranking, a blustery day, plenty of adversity. He had nine 1-putt greens. What if he misses four of those putts? His 69 got it done.

Maguire: Rory's up-and-downs on Nos. 14, 15 and 17 showed the kind of mettle you expect from a No. 1 player on a Sunday with everything on the line, including the No. 1 world ranking. None of those chips were easy, especially the two from the bunkers with water on the far side of the pin.

Tiger's 62 proved he can go low when he has to, but remember, he started the day 9 back of McIlroy and had zero pressure on him until the final couple of holes. As we learned from Kyle Stanley and Spencer Levin earlier this year on the PGA Tour, front-running tends to be the more difficult proposition.

@Twitter answers:

@Jeff_Spears: rory. He won!

@k8lynn_: tiger! He didn't win but definitely gave it all he had! He really showed what a great athlete he truly still is ♥ #alwaysafan


4. After Sunday's drama, who's your favorite to win this week at Doral?

Collins: Luke Donald. Don't be fooled by the baby face. He's a brooding artist under that exterior facade and he's gonna rip that No. 1 away from Rory as fast as it was taken from him. Remember last year at Disney, when Webb Simpson made a run at his money title? Well, you do now!

Evans: Tiger Woods shot a 66 in the final round last year at Doral to finish in a tie for 10th, 8 shots back of the winner, Nick Watney. He'll have to play better in the first two rounds to give himself a chance on the weekend, but after his 62 on Sunday at the Honda Classic, he might have finally found a full measure of confidence in his game.

Harig: Tiger Woods. My pre-2012 predictions had him winning for the first time at Doral. He's won there three times. He knows the course, unlike any of the others he's played so far this year. Now he's got momentum, too.

Maguire: Tiger Woods, and not just because of his 62. He owns Doral (but not in the way Donald Trump now owns it). Woods' track record there is phenomenal.

But I'm also favoring Woods because Rory McIlroy has to come down at some point, right? The 22-year-old has to be spent after losing in the final of the WGC-Match Play and then taking over the No. 1 world ranking on Sunday after winning the Honda Classic. No one would blame him if he finally had an off week for the first time since the PGA Championship.

@Twitter answers:

@Mikezzz33: Mickelson just beat Tiger heads up with a final round 64 at Pebble, and has consistently beaten Tiger lately!!! Phil wins Doral.

@batrasumeet: Tiger is the favorite, he has won 3 times @ Doral, +finally some consistency in putting, +62 in final round @ Honda, +he's Tiger!