McIlroy 6th as Scott claims WGC title

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Updated: August 8, 2011

Adam Scott has won the WGC Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio with an overall score of 17-under par, four shots off second place.

With the return of Tiger Woods to his first tournament since April dominating headlines and news stories prior to Thursday’s first round, it turned out to be the player guided by Woods’ recently sacked caddy who would lift the trophy on the final day in Ohio.

Steve Williams working relationship with Tiger was ended by the former world no. 1 towards the end of July so this victory with Adam Scott must be particularly sweet for Williams.

The 31 year-old Australian got off to a great start on day one when he shot a round of 62 that left him at the top of the leaderboard on 8-under par, just one stroke off compatriot Jason Day on 7-under.

His second round score of par was enough to see him tied for first alongside Americans Keegan Bradley, Rickie Fowler and Ryan Moore; Fowler’s second round score was just as impressive as Scott’s opening day as the young American equalled his 62.

Scott regained the outright lead after the third round when he shot a 66 to leave him 12-under par going into the final day with Jason Day and 19 year-old Japanese prospect Ryo Ishikawa just one shot behind him on 11-under.

But the Australian proved to have too much over the chasing pack as he didn’t drop a shot in his final round, as he shot a 65 with five birdies, including one on the 18th in which an excellent approach shot aided by caddy Williams allowed him a relatively easy putt for the tournament.

Rory McIlroy was the best of the Irish and wasn’t too far off the lead on the final day as he finished tied for 6th on 10-under par.

A steady start on Thursday and Friday saw him shoot two 68’s in consecutive days and his weekend rounds improved by one stroke as he shot a 67 on Saturday and Sunday.

It was a good way to end the last tournament before the PGA Championship in Atlanta next week for the US Open champion and McIlroy will head into the last major of the year with a good performance at Firestone under his belt.

The British Open champion Darren Clarke had a different experience to his fellow countryman McIlroy as the 42 year-old finished on the wrong end of the leaderboard, tied for 68th on 12-over par.

Graeme McDowell and Padraig Harrington weren’t too far off Clarke’s poor finish with both former major winners finishing on disappointing scores; McDowell ended on 9-over while Harrington finished on 6-over.

Other notable finishes were world no. 1 Luke Donald tied for second with Rickie Fowler on 13-under; Lee Westwood finished tied for 9th on 9-under and Tiger Woods ended one of his most regularly won tournaments on 1-over par, tied for 37th.

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