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Rory tops world rankings, Garcia rises to third

Rory McIlroy reclaimed the top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking with his comeback victory Sunday in Akron at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

McIlroy trailed Sergio Garcia by three shots heading into the final round, but quickly found himself in the lead after a hot start with his driver and putter. Garcia’s third straight runner-up finish on the PGA Tour moved up in the rankings as well.

The big shake up this week is in the Top 5. Garcia, who was T-2 to Rory two weeks ago at the Open Championship, jumped two places to No. 3 just behind Adam Scott. Henrik Stenson slipped to 4th and Justin Rose rounded out the Top 5.

Scott’s No. 1 reign ended with his T-8 finish in Akron. He was also T-5 at the Open, but Rory’s momentum surged him into the top ranking heading into this week’s PGA Championship, the final major of 2014.

Marc Leishman’s third-place WGC finish helped him climb up 12 places to inside the Top 40 at No. 39.

Geoff Ogilvy’s 8th career PGA Tour victory jumped him 90 spots from 216th to 125th in the rankings. he captured the Barracuda Championship in Reno, Nevada. He managed +49 points in the Modified Stableford Scoring System to edge Justin Hicks. 

Other Golf News:

  • Garcia was first on the European Tour in Scoring Average, while Rory was second. Both are certainly expected to lead Team Europe against the Americans at the Ryder Cup in September.
  • Tiger Woods, who withdrew from the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on the front nine Sunday with a lower back injury, is expected to be evaluated Monday. He is slated to play Thursday at the PGA Championship teeing it up with Phil Mickelson and Padraig Harrington.
  • Rory moved to third in the FedEx Cup Standings behind Jimmy Walker and Bubba Watson.
  • With Woods’ injury and Dustin Johnson’s leave of absence, Team U.S. might be shaping up for Captain Tom Watson. With his T-4 effort in Akron and history in the last Ryder Cup, Keegan Bradley would seem to have earned a pick alongside Phil Mickelson, who fired his best round of 2014 carding a 62 Sunday with just 21 putts.
  • The LPGA Tour returns to action this week with the Meijer LPGA Classic in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 
  • The United States Golf Association hosts the U.S. Women’s Amateur Aug. 4-10 at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, New York.