By: Kayla Mortellaro
Rory McIlroy came from behind Sunday to beat Sergio Garcia at the World Golf Championship- Bridgestone in Akron, Ohio and reclaimed the world number one spot.
McIlroy shot a 4-under 66 to win by two and collect the trophy in his first start since winning The Open Championship two weeks ago. McIlroy started the day three strokes behind Garcia, who tied the course record on Friday with a 61. McIlroy wasted no time in off-setting the deficit by birding holes one, two and three.
McIlroy has struggled with consistency this season and throughout his career. This week he showed no signs of a let-down after winning the season’s third major championship. Instead, he put together solid rounds of 69, 64, 66, 66 on the par 70 Firestone Country Club. McIlroy continued to strike the ball flawlessly, taming the narrow fairways others were unable to. He put himself in optimal positions all week by hitting fairways and driving it consistently 300 yards or more. While others were hitting less than driver off the tee to play for position, McIlroy was bombing driver.
With back-to-back wins for McIlroy, he now sits atop the world golf rankings. This marks his third stint at the number one spot with the previous two coming in 2012. But with McIlroy’s performance this week, he may have found his groove to becoming that perennial player everyone sees him capable of being.
McIlroy appears to be a different person capable of accepting the challenge to become more consistent. He seems poised and ready to reach his potential. If McIlroy can keep this strong mental attitude and notch a few more wins this season; he might be well on his way to becoming a dominant world number one for years to come.