McIlroy trumps Garcia again

Open champion Rory McIlroy out-played Sergio Garcia for the second time in a fortnight to win the WGC Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday.

Garcia started the final round three strokes in front of McIlroy, but saw his advantage to the Ulsterman cut after carding a final round one-over par 71.

McIlroy carded a final round four-under par 66 to finish the tournament on 15-under par and reclaim the number one spot in the world rankings from Adam Scott, who finished in a tie for eighth on seven-under.

“What I’m really proud of this week is just following up the Open with a performance like this,” McIlroy said after his round.

“I said straight after I didn’t want any let down. I wanted to keep going and play well the rest of the season.”

McIlroy launched his assault on Garcia right from the offset and birdied four of the first five holes to claim a two-shot lead, after Garcia bogeyed the third.

The three-time major winner then maintained that advantage through the rest of the round to win his second tournament in two starts ahead of the Spaniard, who finished as the runner-up at Royal Liverpool last month.

“Put some pressure on Sergio early,” McIlroy admitted to saying to himself.

Despite McIlroy’s excellence throughout the final round, Garcia missed opportunities to pressure the 25-year-old in the closing stages of the round, missing birdie putts on each of the last three holes.

“I didn’t feel comfortable on the greens at all,” Garcia said.

“With the speed of the greens changing quite dramatically after the rain, they were quite slow. I just couldn’t get it.”

Australian Marc Leishman finished alone on 12-under in third after a 67, while major winners Justin Rose, Charl Schwartzel and Keegan Bradley were in a group sharing fourth on nine-under that also included Patrick Reed.