De Jonge finishes strongly

HARARE - Golfer Brendon de Jonge, finished tied for 37th place at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.

The Zimbabwean golfer carded a 69 on Sunday finish at even-par 280 for the tournament that was won by the red-hot Irishman Rory McIlroy.

De Jonge, who was tied on even par by Bubba Watson, Seung-Yul Noh and Jamie Donaldson, pocketed $64 500 for his effort to take his total earnings for 2014 season to $1 105 495.

The Harare-born golfer started the Bridgestone Invitational tournament with a two-over par 72 last Thursday before following it up with a 69 on Friday.

Although the scores not out of this world, they were enough to allow the Zimbabwe to make the cut to play in the tournament during the weekend.

On Saturday, de Jonge carded a level-par 70 before going on to close the tournament with a 69.

After missing the cut at the British Open last month, the Zimbabwean can draw some confidence from his performance at Firestone Country Club ahead of this week’s PGA Championship.

The PGA Championship is golf’s fourth major tournament and de Jonge heads to Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky hoping to leave a mark.

Meanwhile, McIlroy continued his dominating form by winning the Bridgestone Invitational by two strokes and regained the world number one ranking, replacing Australia's Adam Scott.

McIlroy made a sizzling start to the final round with three consecutive birdies to quickly erase a three-stroke deficit and surge past Sergio Garcia.

The Northern Irishman carded a 66 to finish at 15-under-par 265, while Spaniard Garcia (71) was second on 13-under, with Australian Marc Leishman (67) another shot back in third place.

Defending champion Tiger Woods pulled out of the tournament after aggravating his troublesome back, raising more questions about the playing future of the 14-times major champion.

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