By Evans Clinchy
March 04, 2012

Tiger Woods was the No. 1 golfer in the world for a total of 623 weeks between 1997 and 2010, an unprecedented run -- but today, the fallen hero congratulated the sport's newest king on his rise to the top.

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McIlroy, the 22-year-old phenom from Northern Ireland, shot a final-round 69 to hold off Woods and win the Honda Classic in Palm Beach, Fla. He came through down the stretch, first sinking an 8-foot birdie putt and then making three clutch par saves to seal the deal.

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