McIlroy flying after Firestone win

Rory McIlroyRory McIlroy says he will take a lot of momentum into the US PGA Championship after winning the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and reclaiming the world number one spot (McIlroy 5/1 US PGA Championship outright).

The Northern Irishman appears to be in the form of his life heading into the final major tournament of the year at Valhalla in Kentucky.

The WGC-Bridgestone was the 25-year-old’s first competition since he clinched his third major title at the Open Championship in July.

McIlroy faced a tough test to make it back-to-back titles at the Firestone Country Club, heading into the final round in Ohio three shots behind overnight leader Sergio Garcia.

However, while the Spaniard contrived to through away the lead in the final round for the 13th time in his career, McIlroy was in inspired form to clinch his first Wolrd Golf Championship title.

McIlroy shot a final round of 65 to take the title by two shots and is now eyeing a hat-trick of wins at this week’s US PGA Championship.

“Mentally I’m really sharp,” said McIlroy. “It’s the most comfortable I’ve ever felt trying to close out a golf tournament out there.

“It felt normal, like a first or second round. It didn’t feel like the fourth round. I didn’t get ahead of myself. I just kept playing shot after shot after shot. What I am really proud of this week is following on from the Open with a performance like this. I said straight after the Open that I did not want any let down, I wanted to keep going and performing until the end of the season.

“It’s great to come to one of my favourite tournaments of the year and to perform like this I am pretty satisfied.”

McIlroy’s victory at Firestone also saw him reclaim top spot in the rankings, replacing Adam Scott (12/1 US PGA outright) after he failed to make the top five.

The European Ryder Cup star already has one PGA Championship title to his name after winning the 2012 edition by a record eight strokes.

While Mcilroy is shaping up well to win a fourth major, Tiger Woods looks unlikely to compete at Valhalla after withdrawing from the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational with a back injury.

Woods underwent back surgery earlier this year and is likely to miss the US PGA and Ryder Cup after suffering a recurrence of the injury.

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