Monday, 04 August 2014
Richard Hills (left) and Rory McIlroy   (Getty Images)
Richard Hills (left) and Rory McIlroy (Getty Images)


* His eighth European Tour International Schedule victory in his 139th European Tour event.

* Moves to Number One in the Official World Golf Ranking from second.

* His third European Tour victory of the 2014 season, following the BMW PGA Championship and The 143rd Open Championship.

* The first time he has recorded three European Tour victories in the same season.

* The first player to win three events on The European Tour International Schedule in the 2014 season.

* His first World Golf Championship title in his 22nd WGC appearance.

* This victory beats his previous best WGC performance of second in the 2012 WGC – Accenture Match Play Championship. (His previous best WGC stroke play finish was third in the 2012 WGC – Cadillac Championship.

* Victory comes in his sixth WGC – Bridgestone Invitational appearance.

* This victory beats his previous best WGC – Bridgestone Invitational of tied fifth in 2012.

* Continues with his wonderful record at Firestone’s South Course. Was tied ninth in 2010, tied sixth in 2011, tied fifth in 2012 and first in 2014.

* From his 22 WGC appearances he has finished in the top ten on 13 occasions.

* Becomes the second Northern Irishman to win the WGC – Bridgestone Invitational, following Darren Clarke in 2003.

* Becomes just the second European Tour to win the WGC – Bridgestone Invitational, following Darren Clarke in 2003.


* Becomes the fifth player from the United Kingdom to win a WGC event, following Darren Clarke (2000 WGC – Accenture Match Play Championship and 2003 WGC – Bridgestone Invitational), Luke Donald (2011 WGC – Accenture Match Play Championship), Ian Poulter (2010 WGC – Accenture Match Play Championship and 2012 WGC – HSBC Champions) and Justin Rose (2012 WGC – Cadillac Championship).

* Becomes the ninth different player to win the WGC – Bridgestone Invitational.

* Becomes the 11th different European Tour Member to win a WGC event.

* Becomes the 14th WGC victory by a European Tour Member.

* Becomes the 29th different player to win a WGC event in the 52nd playing of an individual WGC event.

* Joins Tiger Woods (1999), Craig Parry (2002), Stewart Cink (2004), Vijay Singh (2008), Hunter Mahan (2010), Adam Scott (2011) and Keegan Bradley (2012), as players making the WGC – Bridgestone Invitational their first WGC title.

* Becomes the 14th different player to win a Major Championship and a WGC title.

* Joins Darren Clarke, Ernie Els, Martin Kaymer, Justin Rose and Vijay Singh as European Tour Members to win both a Major Championship and a WGC title.

* Aged 25 years and 91 days becomes the youngest European winner of a WGC event.

* Began the final day three shots behind Sergio Garcia. Becomes the 20th player this season to win after making up a final round deficit.

* Now has won in his last two European Tour appearances, following The Open Championship. Is the first time he has won in consecutive European Tour appearances.

* The first player to win The Open Championship and win again in their next European Tour appearance since Tiger Woods. The American won The Open in 2006 and won on his next European Tour outing at the US PGA Championship.

* Becomes the first player to win in consecutive European Tour appearances since Phil Mickelson at the 2013 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open and The Open Championship.

* Only be the third of his eight European Tour wins where he has made up a final round deficit to win. Made up seven to win the 2014 BMW PGA Championship, three to win the 2011 Hong Kong Open and three at the 2014 WGC – Bridgestone Invitational.

* The 53rd Northern Irish win in European Tour history.

* The fourth Northern Irish victory of the season. They are: Rory McIlroy (BMW PGA Championship, The 143rd Open Championship and WGC – Bridgestone Invitational) and Graeme McDowell (Alstom Open de France).

* Becomes the tenth player in European Tour history to win more than €20 million in European Tour Official Career Earnings

* Moves to 434.26 in The Ryder Cup World Points List.

* The 14th victory as a professional.

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