August 3, 2014 / 11:29 PM / 3 years ago

McIlroy replaces Scott as world No. 1 with Bridgestone win

(Reuters) - Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy replaced Australia’s Adam Scott as the world’s top ranked golfer after winning the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio on Sunday.

Aug 2, 2014; Akron, OH, USA; Rory McIlroy tees off on the tenth hole during the third round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament at Firestone Country Club - South Course. Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

McIlroy, 25, took the world number one ranking for the fifth time, replacing Scott, who had held top honours for 11 weeks.

The British Open champion carded a 66 on Sunday to finish at 15-under-par 265 for a two-stroke victory over Spain’s Sergio Garcia at the Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.

Scott tied for eighth at seven-under. He would have had to finish fifth or better to retain his top world ranking.

Reporting by Andrew Both and Gene Cherry in North Carolina; Editing by Peter Rutherford and Gene Cherry

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