McIlroy feeling like a heavyweight who wants his belt back

Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, gestures near the tournament trophy after winning the CJ Cup golf tournament on Oct. 17, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker, File)

RIDGELAND, S.C. — Rory McIlroy has reached the top of the world ranking eight times, and it’s still not enough. Even if the feeling is nothing new, the reward never gets old.