Rory McIlroy is back on top of the world (in golf)

The Northern Irishman’s triumph at the World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday has seen him retake the top spot among the world’s golfers. Here is the lowdown on the new No 1.

The Northern Irishman’s triumph at the World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday has seen him retake the top spot among the world’s golfers. Here is the lowdown on the new No 1:

Success

A four-under par final round of 66 saw the 25-year-old Northern Irishman overturn a three-shot deficit to Sergio Garcia to win by two shots at the Firestone Country Club.

Fine form

McIlroy’s victory comes just two weeks after he won the British Open at Royal Liverpool, his third major, and he said: “What I’m really proud of this week is just following up the Open with a performance like this. I said straight after I didn’t want any let down. I wanted to keep going and play well the rest of the season.”

Tactics

Of how he had approached his pursuit of Garcia, McIlroy said his aim had been: “Put some pressure on Sergio early. I rode my luck a little bit on the back nine. Sergio had some putts to get close to me. I had a couple of tree limbs that went my way.”

Back on top

McIlroy took the world No 1 ranking for a fifth occasion and the first since March of last year, displacing Australian Adam Scott, who had been on top for the past 11 weeks.

Confident

McIlroy’s new status is immediately under the spotlight at the US PGA Championship at Valhalla in Kentucky, which begins on Thursday, an event he won in 2012. “Mentally I’m really sharp,” he said of his feelings going into the last major of the year. “It’s the most comfortable I’ve ever felt trying to close out a golf tournament out there today.”

Check out this video with the highlights from the final day of the Bridgestone Invitational:

Published: August 5, 2014 04:00 AM

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