Rory McIlroy and Thomas Pieters are back inside the top ten of the European Tour's Race to Dubai after both men secured top five finishes at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.
The 25-year-old Belgian came into the final round of the third World Golf Championships event of the season tied for the lead. However, a one over par 71 in the final round saw Pieters finish in lone fourth, a result which upped his points tally by 358,295 and took him from 12th to ninth in the Race to Dubai. He now has 1,411,835 points so far this season.
Meanwhile, McIlroy capped off a strong week with a closing round of one under par 69. The Northern Irishman’s tied-fifth place finish is enough to move him up one place from 11th to tenth in the rankings and advance his season points tally to 1,371,983.
They’ll both be looking forward to putting on a strong performance in the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, taking place at Jumeirah Golf Estates from November 16-19.
It was also a productive week for the 27-year-old Dane Thorbjørn Olesen, who finished tied-10th at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational to jump from 34th to 24th in the rankings and up his season points tally to 777,093.