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Win would put McIlroy back on top

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HUMBLE, Texas -- Rory McIlroy sent a text message to Tiger Woods on Tuesday, congratulating him on winning at Bay Hill and taking over the No. 1 world ranking again.

Woods responded by telling McIlroy to get going -- he put it a bit more crudely than that -- and win this week's Houston Open. A victory would put McIlroy back at No. 1, a spot he held for 32 weeks before Woods' latest win.

For now, McIlroy is fine with Woods holding the world's top ranking, especially with the Masters coming up in two weeks.

"I didn't think I could go into the Masters under the radar," McIlroy said. "I can go in a little bit underneath him. So, in a way, it's not a bad thing." McIlroy skipped Bay Hill and says he had a "good week, a fun week" in Miami.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 27, 2013 C7

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