Adam Scott loses his top spot in rankings

ADAM Scott has lost his grip on the number one spot in the golf rankings after Rory McIlroy took out the World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational.

The Gold Coaster unable to lead the charge in the final round in Ohio today, collapsing with bogeys on 14, 15 and 16 which saw him drop out of the top five.

Scott needed to stand alone in fifth spot in order to retain his number one crown.


Marc Leishman did his best to make a charge for Australia but finished third after a three-under 67 left him 12-under par, three shots behind the Northern Irishman, who has won in back-to-back starts after claiming the British Open last month.

McIlroy, who started the final round three shots behind early leader Sergio Garcia, fired a four-under 66 to finish at 15-under.

Garcia stumbled to a one-over 71, falling to 13-under and into second place.

McIlroy birdied the opening three holes to state his intentions and when Garcia bogeyed the third the Northern Irishman was the sole leader.

But a ninth hole birdie for the Spaniard ensured the pair made the turn locked in a dogfight.

McIlroy retook the lead with birdie on the 11th and his lead was padded when Garcia bogeyed the 15th.

He then parred home to claim the win.