McIlroy claims win to regain No. 1 in world rankings

Sergio Garcia, left, and Rory McIlroy walk up the second fairway during the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
Sergio Garcia, left, and Rory McIlroy walk up the second fairway during the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

AKRON, Ohio (AP) – Rory McIlroy rallied from a three-shot deficit to win the Bridgestone Invitational and return to No. 1 in the world.

In his first start since a wire-to-wire win in the British Open, McIlroy picked up his first World Golf Championship title at Firestone. And just like Royal Liverpool, the 25-year-old from Northern Ireland made it look easy.

Sergio Garcia had a three-shot lead going into the final round. McIlroy opened with three straight birdies to take a one-shot lead. He never trailed the rest of the way, taking the lead for good with an 8-foot birdie on the 11th hole.

Tiger Woods withdrew after eight holes with back pain from jumping hard into a bunker on the second hole. It was only his third event since returning from back surgery.

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