Rory McIlroy thrilled to take ranking statistic off Tiger Woods

Rory McIlroy has now spent 500 weeks inside the top 10 in the Official World Golf Rankings, reportedly clinching a record from Tiger Woods.

Rory McIlroy first moved into the top 10 in 2009, going on to become world number one three years later.   -  Getty Images

Rory McIlroy joked he may have beaten Tiger Woods for the first and last time after a statistic shared on social media indicated the world number two had set a new record.

A Twitter post reported McIlroy, who turned 30 in May, had become the youngest player to spend 500 weeks inside the top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

According to the post, this betters the great Woods, the present number seven, who was four months older than McIlroy when he achieved the same feat.

Taking to his official Instagram account, McIlroy posted a screenshot of the statistic to his story and wrote: "The first (and maybe last) thing I've ever beaten Tiger at."

McIlroy, a four-time major winner, first moved into the top 10 in 2009, going on to become world number one three years later.