There are no changes this week in the top of the men's world golf rankings, which were updated Monday, but much attention will be on the highly ranking players as golf moves into its third major tournament of the year.
The 141st British Open begins Thursday at the Royal Lytham and St. Annes Golf Club in England.
Donald heads into the British Open having been ranked No. 1 the last seven weeks and for a total of 53 weeks. He and McIlroy have traded the top spot several times this year. Lee Westwood, also from England, is No. 3 and has previously been ranked No. 1. The third English player in Top 10 is ninth-ranked Justin Rose.
The other six players in the top tier are from the United States.
Donald has a ranking points average of 9.549 and McIlroy comes in at 8.530 while Westwood's average is 7.972. Tiger Woods is fourth at 7.654 followed by Webb Simpson (6.540) and No. 6 Bubba Watson (6.223).
Simpson won the U.S. Open and Watson the Masters. Golf's fourth major -- the PGA Championship -- will be Aug. 9-12.