McIlroy wins, Woods withdraws
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Rory McIlroy picked up another victory and Tiger Woods made another early exit.
McIlroy began the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational trailing Sergio Garcia by three shots before rallying for a two-stroke win over the Spaniard. The Irishman opened the final round with three straight birdies en route to a 4-under 66 and a 15-under total. McIlroy earned over $1.5 million dollars and reclaimed the No. 1 ranking from Adam Scott.
McIlroy was playing for the first time since his wire-to-wire victory at the British Open.
Marc Leishman finished third, three shots back and three ahead of Keegan Bradley, Patrick Reed, Justin Rose and Charl Schwartzel.
Phil Mickelson had the day’s best round, an 8-under 62 that allowed him to finish tied for 15.
Woods had to withdraw following his tee shot on the ninth hole. He injured his back playing a shot from edge of a bunker on the par-5 second hole and took himself out of the tournament after eight holes.
It was the second time he failed to play 72 holes in three tournaments since undergoing back surgery in March. He missed the cut in his first event following surgery and finished tied for 69th at the British Open. He’s finished all four rounds only twice in six events this year.
Woods did not say whether he would be able to play the PGA Championship at Valhalla.