Rory McIlroy shot a four-under-par 66 on Sunday to pass third-round leader Sergio Garcia and win by two strokes at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational at the South Course at Firestone Country Club in Akron.
The victory moved McIlroy back into the number-one position in the world golf rankings for the first time since March of last year. Garcia’s runner-up finish boosted him into third place in those same rankings.
Garcia settled for a one-over-par 71 on Sunday. Marc Leishman finished another stroke back in third place.
McIlroy (69-64-66-66) closed at 15-under par 265 and won $1.53 million.
Meanwhile, Tiger Woods withdrew from the tournament during Sunday’s final round, reportedly due to back spasms. Woods left following his tee shot on the ninth hole, and his status for next weekend is a question mark.
Next up is the PGA Championship, beginning Thursday at Valhalla.