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Rory McIlroy triumphs at Firestone, reclaims No. 1

Rory McIlroy closed with a 4-under 66 and returned to No. 1 in the world with a two-shot victory in the Bridgestone Invitational.


The Associated Press

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AKRON, Ohio — Winning the British Open wasn’t enough to make Rory McIlroy want to take the rest of the year off to celebrate. Neither was the first World Golf Championship he won Sunday at Firestone.

Another major awaits this week. McIlroy can’t wait to get there.

Two weeks after his wire-to-wire win at Royal Liverpool, McIlroy took his game from the links of Britain to the parkland of America and made the game look just as easy. With another powerful performance, he wiped out a three-shot deficit to Sergio Garcia in three holes, closed with a 4-under 66 and returned to No. 1 in the world with a two-shot victory in the Bridgestone Invitational.

“This is better (than 2012),” he said. “Mentally, I’m really sharp. I didn’t start to think about score. I didn’t think about where I was in the tournament. I was just playing shot after shot after shot. So yeah, it’s good.”

McIlroy became the 13th player with a major and a World Golf Championship, and he joined Tiger Woods as the only players to win them in consecutive starts.

Woods wasn’t around to see it. He injured his lower back after an awkward stance atop a bunker and withdrew. It was not clear if he would play in the PGA Championship this week.

McIlroy finished at 15-under 265. Marc Leishman (67) finished alone in third.

Ryan Moore (67) of Puyallup tied for eighth place, eight shots back.

Other tournaments

Geoff Ogilvy won the Barracuda Championship in Reno, Nev., for his eighth PGA Tour title and first since 2010, scoring five points with an eagle on the par-5 13th and pulling away for a five-point victory in the modified Stableford event. Justin Hicks was second at 44 points after an 18-point day.

Kyle Stanley of Gig Harbor tied for eighth with 34 points. Michael Putnam from University Place tied for 47th with 22 points.

Kenny Perry scrambled for a birdie on the 18th hole to beat hard-charging Bernhard Langer by a stroke in the Champions Tour’s 3M Championship in Blaine, Minn. Perry (65) finished at 23-under 193 at TPC Twin Cities. Langer closed with a 63 and was tied with Perry going to the par-5 18th.

Kirk Triplett (73), a graduate of Pullman High School, tied for 29th. Rich Fehr (74) from Seattle tied for 66th.

• Former Husky Brock Mackenzie from Yakima shot a final-round 66 to win the ATB Financial Classic in Calgary, Alberta, for his second victory on the PGA Tour Canada. He set a 72-hole tour scoring record at 27-under 261. Former Husky Joel Dahmen (64) from Clarkston was second at 265.



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