Rory McIlroy has done it again.
At Hoylake two weeks ago, McIlroy led from wire-to-wire, fending off a challenge from Sergio Garcia to win the British Open.
This weekend, at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, McIlroy swiftly erased Garcia's three-shot lead early in the final round. He then capitalized on his rival's few mistakes to win his second straight championship against the best players in the world. McIlroy's 15-under-par performance was two shots better than second-place Garcia.
For the Spaniard, it's a disappointing finish. He tied the course record with a 61 on Friday and then grew his lead to six shots during the third round.
McIlroy started reeling him in with a birdie-birdie finish on Saturday after a lengthy weather delay. He continued his strong play on Sunday, built on the success of his powerful driving and steady putting.
Tiger Woods started well on Sunday, but after some erratic play, he withdrew on the ninth hole, saying he'd injured his back earlier in the round. He'll be evaluated by doctors to determine whether he'll be fit enough to play in next week's PGA Championship.
Phil Mickelson set himself up well for his own trip to Valhalla with a strong final day in Akron. He delivered 10 birdies for an eight-under performance—the best of the day.
Rory McIlroy's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational win, combined with an eighth-place finish from previously top-ranked Adam Scott, catapults the Irishman back to the top of the world rankings.
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