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Rory McIlroy wins a World Golf Championship and goes back to No. 1 in the world

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    Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, watches his shot from the rough on the eighth hole of the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Phil Long) (The Associated Press)

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    Sergio Garcia watches his tee shot on the fifth hole during the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Phil Long) (The Associated Press)

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    Sergio Garcia waves after making a par on the eighth hole, during the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Phil Long) (The Associated Press)

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    Tiger Woods hits from the lip of a fairway trap on the second hole during the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan) (The Associated Press)

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    Tiger Woods makes an awkward follow through after hitting from the lip of a fairway bunker on the second hole during the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan) (The Associated Press)

Rory McIlroy rallied from a three-shot deficit to win the Bridgestone Invitational and return to No. 1 in the world.

In his first start since a wire-to-wire win in the British Open, McIlroy picked up his first World Golf Championship title at Firestone. And just like Royal Liverpool, the 25-year-old from Northern Ireland made it look easy.

Sergio Garcia had a three-shot lead going into the final round. McIlroy opened with three straight birdies to take a one-shot lead. He never trailed the rest of the way, taking the lead for good with an 8-foot birdie on the 11th hole.

Tiger Woods withdrew after eight holes with back pain from jumping hard into a bunker on the second hole. It was only his third event since returning from back surgery.