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Justin Thomas going into Sunday’s final round, leads Bridgestone Invitational at -14 196 total

JUSTIN THOMAS PRESS CONFERENCE AUDIO:

63,419 Justin Thomas 3rd round leader on The course being tougher on the 3rd day due to being firmer 8 4 2018

63,420 Justin Thomas 3rd round leader Finally back in the drivers seat to win a tournament on Sunday Been awhile for him 8 4 2018

63,421 Justin Thomas 3rd round leader Does Firestone South Course have that Major Championship tournament feel 8 4 2018

 

Justin Thomas took control in the 3rd round and is poised to win on Sunday (megasportsnews.com photo)

ROUND, SEASON AND CAREER NOTES:

Justin Thomas (-14/1st)
Age: 25 (April 29, 1993)
Joined TOUR: 2015
Entering this week
#2          FedExCup
#3          OWGR
111        PGA TOUR starts
8            PGA TOUR wins
2            Starts at WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
0            Top-10 finishes at WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
17          PGA TOUR starts in 2017-18
6            Top-10s in 2017-18
5/7         Wins when holding 54-hole lead/co-lead
Wins (8): 2015 CIMB Classic, 2016 CIMB Classic, 2017 Sentry Tournament of Champions, 2017 Sony Open in Hawaii, 2017 PGA Championship, 2017 Dell Technologies Championship, 2017 THECJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES, 2018 The Honda Classic
  • Defending FedExCup champion made six birdies to combat three bogeys for a third-round 67, highlighted by a chip-in from behind the par-3 12th green
  • Has previously held at least a share of a 54-hole lead on the PGA TOUR seven times and converted the victory on five occasions. Would become the first player to convert the 54-hole lead/co-lead at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational since 2013 (Woods)
  • Making his third start in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational (2017/T28, T33/2016)
  • At 14-under 196, puts himself in position to claim his third PGA TOUR win of the season (THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES, The Honda Classic)
  • With a win, would join Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson as three-time winners this season on TOUR
  • Is in search of his ninth career PGA TOUR victory and first World Golf Championships title after placing second at the WGC-Mexico Championship in March
  • Thomas has not finished inside the top five in a stroke play event on TOUR since the WGC-Mexico Championship
  • Comes off a missed cut in his most recent start at The Open Championship
  • Will defend his PGA Championship title next week at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis

 

Tiger Woods has rough 3rd Round at WGC Bridgestone Invitational

Tiger Woods in his own words said he played "like crap" (megasportsnews.com photo)

TIGER WOODS 3RD ROUND PRESS CONFERENCE

Tiger Woods 3rd Round Bridgestone Invitational Akron 2018 8 4 2016

 

ROUND NOTES:

 

Tiger Woods (-3/T28)
  • Eight-time winner of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational carded a 3-over 73 to fall to 3-under for the tournament
  • Lone birdie came at the par-3 12th (12’ 3” putt)
  • His 73 is his highest score at Firestone since a final-round 7-over 77 in 2010

 

 

World Golf Championship Bridgestone Invitational 3rd Round Notes: Akron, Ohio

MATCH RECAP WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF PGA TOUR COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

 

2018 WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS-BRIDGESTONE INVITATIONAL
(The 41st of 44 events in the PGA TOUR Season)
Akron, Ohio                                     August 2-5, 2018                                                          FedExCup Pts: 550
Firestone Country Club                   Par/Yards: 35-35—70/7,400 South Course Purse: $10,000,000
Third-Round Notes – Saturday, August 4, 2018
Third-Round Leaderboard
Justin Thomas                    65-64-67—196 (-14)
Rory McIlroy                      65-67-67—199 (-11)
Ian Poulter                         62-67-70—199 (-11)
Jason Day                           65-66-69—200 (-10)
Five Things To Know
  • Beginning the third round tied for the lead with Ian Poulter and Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Thomas shoots a 3-under 67 to take a three-stroke lead to the final round
  • Thomas is in search of his first World Golf Championships title and third PGA TOUR victory of the season to join Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson as the only three-time winners this season
  • Three back of the lead, Rory McIlroy (67) was also three back going into the final round when he won at Firestone in 2014
  • Rickie Fowler rebounds from a second-round 74 to shoot a 5-under 65 for the round of the day
  • Following a 66-68 start, Tiger Woods cards a 3-over 73 in round three to drop to 3-under for the tournament
Third-Round Lead Notes
4            Largest final-round comeback at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational (Keegan Bradley, 2012)
8            Third-round leaders/co-leaders at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational to win since 1999 (most recent: Tiger Woods/2013)
12          Third-round leaders/co-leaders to win on PGA TOUR in 2017-18 (most recent: Dustin Johnson/RBC Canadian Open)
Justin Thomas (-14/1st)
Age: 25 (April 29, 1993)
Joined TOUR: 2015
Entering this week
#2          FedExCup
#3          OWGR
111        PGA TOUR starts
8            PGA TOUR wins
2            Starts at WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
0            Top-10 finishes at WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
17          PGA TOUR starts in 2017-18
6            Top-10s in 2017-18
5/7         Wins when holding 54-hole lead/co-lead
Wins (8): 2015 CIMB Classic, 2016 CIMB Classic, 2017 Sentry Tournament of Champions, 2017 Sony Open in Hawaii, 2017 PGA Championship, 2017 Dell Technologies Championship, 2017 THECJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES, 2018 The Honda Classic
  • Defending FedExCup champion made six birdies to combat three bogeys for a third-round 67, highlighted by a chip-in from behind the par-3 12th green
  • Has previously held at least a share of a 54-hole lead on the PGA TOUR seven times and converted the victory on five occasions. Would become the first player to convert the 54-hole lead/co-lead at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational since 2013 (Woods)
  • Making his third start in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational (2017/T28, T33/2016)
  • At 14-under 196, puts himself in position to claim his third PGA TOUR win of the season (THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES, The Honda Classic)
  • With a win, would join Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson as three-time winners this season on TOUR
  • Is in search of his ninth career PGA TOUR victory and first World Golf Championships title after placing second at the WGC-Mexico Championship in March
  • Thomas has not finished inside the top five in a stroke play event on TOUR since the WGC-Mexico Championship
  • Comes off a missed cut in his most recent start at The Open Championship
  • Will defend his PGA Championship title next week at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis
Rory McIlroy (-11/T2)
Age: 29 (May 4, 1989)
Joined TOUR: 2010
Entering this week
#24        FedExCup
#7          OWGR
144        PGA TOUR starts
14          PGA TOUR wins
7            Starts at WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
5            Top-10 finishes at WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
13          PGA TOUR starts in 2017-18
4            Top-10s in 2017-18
Wins (14): 2010 Wells Fargo Championship, 2011 U.S. Open, 2012 The Honda Classic, PGA Championship, Dell Technologies Championship, BMW Championship, 2014 The Open Championship, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, PGA Championship, 2015 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Wells Fargo Championship, 2016 Dell Technologies Championship, TOUR Championship, 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard.
  • 2014 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational champion carded a bogey-free 67 to move into a tie for second and three strokes back of Thomas
  • 67 continued a streak of 11 consecutive rounds under par on the PGA TOUR and in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. His longest streak of consecutive rounds under par is 16 (2015 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard/R1 – 2015 Wells Fargo Championship/R4)
  • Is making his eighth start in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, having collected top-10 finishes in 2017 (T5), 2014 (1st), 2012 (T5), 2011 (T6) and 2010 (T9)
  • 14-time PGA TOUR winner is in search of his second win of the season (Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard)
  • Began the final round of the 2014 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational three strokes behind leader Sergio Garcia before making birdie on four of the first five holes en route to a 66 and two-stroke win
  • A win would make McIlroy just the second multiple winner of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational (Woods)
Ian Poulter (-11/T2)
Age: 42 (January 10, 1976)
Joined TOUR: 2004
Entering this week
#34        FedExCup
#32        OWGR
248        PGA TOUR starts
3            PGA TOUR wins
13          Starts at WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
0            Top-10 finishes at WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
15          PGA TOUR starts in 2017-18
3            Top-10s in 2017-18
Wins (3): 2010 WGC Dell Technologies Match Play, 2012 WGC-HSBC Champions, 2018 Houston Open
  • Quick start with birdies on Nos. 2 and 3 to grab the lead, but made four bogeys coming in and finished even for his third round
  • Heads into the final round ranked first in Strokes Gained: Putting (5.475)
  • Has never finished inside the top 10 in the event. Best showings were a pair of T13s in 2001 and 2006
  • Is making his first start in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational since 2015 (T17)
  • In 42 World Golf Championships starts, won the 2010 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and 2012 WGC-HSBC Champions
  • In addition to his win at the Houston Open, finished in the top 10 this season at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play (T5) and RBC Heritage (T7)
  • In search of his first-ever multiple-win season on the PGA TOUR
Additional Player Notes
Jason Day (-10/4th)
  • Birdied Nos. 1 and 2 to begin his round for the second day in a row; bogeyed the 18th to fall into solo fourth
  • Is making his ninth start at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, having collected top-10 finishes in 2016 (T3) and 2011 (T4)
  • With two prior World Golf Championships titles (2014, 2016 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play), would become the fifth player with three or more WGC titles with a win (Woods, Johnson, Mickelson, Ogilvy)
  • Is in search of his 13th TOUR win and third of the season (Farmers Insurance Open, Wells Fargo Championship)
  • With a win this week, would join Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson as three-time winners this season
Rickie Fowler (-8/T7)
  • Four-time PGA TOUR winner rebounded from a 74 in round two to shoot his second bogey-free round of the tournament with a 5-under 65
  • 65 represented the low round of the day
  • Five top-10s in nine career starts at Firestone
  • Will begin the final round six strokes back of the lead. His largest come-from-behind victory on TOUR was three strokes at both the 2015 PLAYERS Championship and 2015 Dell Technologies Championship.
Tiger Woods (-3/T28)
  • Eight-time winner of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational carded a 3-over 73 to fall to 3-under for the tournament
  • Lone birdie came at the par-3 12th (12’ 3” putt)
  • His 73 is his highest score at Firestone since a final-round 7-over 77 in 2010
Course Statistics
Toughest Hole                   Easiest Hole
R1: Par-4 9th (4.268)           R1: Par-5 2nd (4.507)
R2: Par-3 12th (3.225)         R2: Par-5 2nd (4.479)
R3: Par-4 4th (4.324)           R3: Par-5 2nd (4.310)
Scoring Averages
Front 9                 Back 9                  Total                    Cumulative
R1: 34.155                  34.211                  68.366                  –
R2: 34.662                 35.211                  69.873                  –
R3: 34.873                  35.324                  70.197                  69.479
Early                    Late
R1: 68.39                    68.34
R2: 69.26                    70.47
R3: 70.14                    70.25
Bogey-free:
R1: Ian Poulter (62), Rickie Fowler (63), Jason Day (65), Luke List (65), Rory McIlroy (65), Patrick Reed (66)
Daniel Berger (67), Matt Kuchar (68).
R2: Tommy Fleetwood (63), Louis Oosthuizen (66), Tyrrell Hatton (67)
R3: Rory McIlroy (67), Rickie Fowler (65), Dustin Johnson (66)
PGA TOUR
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Live Under Par

Justin Thomas ends the 3rd round as the leader by three strokes (megasportsnews.com photo)

Tiger Woods, in his comeback season, had a rough day at Firestone CC on Saturday. He dropped from tied for 10th to tied for 28th with a +3 over par 73 (megasportsnews.com photo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Memorial Tournament mourns the passing of general chairman emeritus, Pandel Savic at age 92

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tom Sprouse; COURTESY MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT COMMUNICATIONS

 

Pandel Savic talking to fans at his book signing 2016 (megasportsnews.com photo)

Dublin, Ohio – Officials of Muirfield Village Golf Club and the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide are deeply saddened to announce that Pandel Savic, the Tournament’s general chairman emeritus, passed away today in Columbus. He was 92.

 

Pandel was born in Macedonia and came to the United States at age nine. He fought for his adopted and beloved country as a United States Marine in the South Pacific during World War II before attending The Ohio State University. While at OSU, Pandel quarterbacked the Buckeyes to their first Rose Bowl victory in 1950. He is one of the founding members of Muirfield Village Golf Club and served as general chairman of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide for more than 30 years, helping the Memorial become one of the premier stops on the PGA TOUR. He was a friend and mentor to all that met him, and he will be dearly missed.

Pandel Savic's book from 2016. A good read for Buckeyes fans who want to know about a fantastic man and his life

 

Memorial services are pending.

 

The following statements were released this afternoon by Jack Nicklaus, the Memorial Tournament and Muirfield Village Golf Club:

 

“Pandel Savic was as good a friend as I have ever had.

 

I have known Pandel since I was 6 years old, and until his passing this week, he had been a great friend, great supporter, and great family man. He helped to found Muirfield Village Golf Club and the Memorial Tournament. We partnered in a number of golf tournaments, and spent a lot of quality time together and shared countless laughs through the years. Pandel was general chairman of the Memorial Tournament for parts of four decades, and he helped build the foundation of the Memorial, and the Tournament we all enjoy and are proud of today.

 

He came to this country, by himself, as a 9-year-old immigrant from Macedonia, to join his father in Northern Ohio. A proud American, Pandel fought for our country at the age of 18 in the South Pacific. He then went on to Ohio State, and I vividly recall watching him play football when he quarterbacked the Buckeyes to their first-ever Rose Bowl victory in 1950. I was proud to be by his side when he was deservedly inducted into the Ohio State Hall of Fame.

 

Barbara and I, and he and his wife Janice, lived across the street from each other when we got married, and all our kids grew up together. He was a mentor to my kids, as well as to me. They all looked forward to their fireside chats with Pandel, or as they called him, “Big ‘Un.” I affectionately called him ‘Mack.’ He’s just one great guy. Our hearts hurt today over the loss of Mack.”

 

- Jack Nicklaus, Memorial Tournament Founder and Host

 

 

“Pandel Savic will always be remembered at Muirfield Village Golf Club and especially during the week of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide. He was a strong force to develop the Club and Tournament with Jack Nicklaus and those who preceded him, Bob Hoag and Ivor Young, from the early days in the late 60s and early 70s. Mr. Savic truly was the American dream fulfilled; immigrant, US Marine Corps veteran, Rose Bowl champion, father, grandfather and self-made businessman. It is an emotional day for our loyal staff to lose a very special person from our Club family. Mr. Savic was a steadfast advisor and confidant to me and I will never forget my friend.”

 

- Nicholas LaRocca, General Manager, Muirfield Village Golf Club

 

 

“We lost a great man today, a genuine American success story, in the passing of Pandel Savic. Over the years Mr. Savic contributed greatly to the success of Muirfield Village Golf Club and the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide. Mr. Savic loved the Club and the Tournament, joining Jack Nicklaus, Bob Hoag and Ivor Young as founders. He poured his heart and soul into making both, the world-class venue and Tournament, what they are today. Through my long tenure with the Memorial Tournament, Mr. Savic was an incredible mentor, and he always provided the right advice and guidance. All of which I will continue to carry with me for years to come. Mr. Savic will be dearly missed by many.”

 

- Dan Sullivan, Executive Director, the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide

 

 

About the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide

The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide is held annually at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus. The Tournament, founded and hosted by Jack Nicklaus, is conducted each year with three goals in mind: to honor the memory of individuals living and deceased who have distinguished themselves in the game of golf; to showcase the world’s best golfers competing on one of the most challenging venues in the world for the enjoyment of spectators; and to benefit many Greater Columbus Charities in alliance with the Nicklaus Children’s Healthcare Foundation, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and numerous other local organizations. For more information, visit www.thememorialtournament.com or call 614-889-6700.

About Nationwide
Nationwide, a Fortune 100 company based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the U.S. and is rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s. The company provides a full range of insurance and financial services, including auto, commercial, homeowners, farm and life insurance; public and private sector retirement plans, annuities and mutual funds; banking and mortgages; excess & surplus, specialty and surety; pet, motorcycle and boat insurance. For more information, visit www.nationwide.com.

 

Nationwide, Nationwide is on your side and the Nationwide N and Eagle are service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company.

 

2018 Memorial Tournament Featured Groups

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tom Sprouse; COURTESY MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

Jason Dufner winning in 2017 (From Muirfield Village Golf Club course billboards)

Jason Dufner quote after winning 2017 Memorial Tournament (From Muirfield Village Golf Club course billboards)

 

FEATURED PAIRINGS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2018 MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT PRESENTED BY NATIONWIDE

 

 

 

Dublin, Ohio – Tournament officials announced recently four marquee pairings that will be featured at this year’s Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide and serve to highlight some of the best players in the world competing in the 43rd edition of the prestigious invitational hosted by golfing legend Jack Nicklaus.

 

See below for featured pairings:

 

o   Jason Day – Major champion and two-time winner this season

Dustin Johnson – World No. 2

Rory McIlroy – 2016 FedExCup champion

 

o   Jordan Spieth – Reigning The Open champion

Bubba Watson – Two-time Masters champion

Phil Mickelson – Owner of five major championship titles

 

o   Tiger Woods – Five-time winner of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide

Justin Rose – Olympic gold medalist and 2010 Memorial Tournament winner

Jason Dufner – Defending winner of the Memorial

 

o   Justin Thomas – No.1 in the world and FedExCup rankings and reigning FedExCup champion

Patrick Reed – Defending Masters champion

Rickie Fowler – Holder of four PGA TOUR titles

 

The 2018 Memorial Tournament kicked off today at Muirfield Village Golf Club and runs through Sunday, June 3, 2018.

 

A reminder that there is still time to purchase badges for this year’s Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide. The public may purchase daily practice round tickets at all public Tournament gates (cash only) Today – Wednesday (May 28-30). The cost is $35, and they are valid for all three practice-round days. Kids 18 and under can attend for free any day with a ticketed adult.

 

 

 

 

2018 the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Schedule of Events

 

Monday, May 28 Practice Rounds                                                                                               All Day

 

Tuesday, May 29 Practice Rounds                                                                                               All Day
Wednesday, May 30 Practice Rounds                                                                                               All Day

 

Nationwide Invitational at the Memorial (Official Pro-Am)                    7:30am

 

Patient Champion Program                                                                           7:30am

 

Military Appreciation Day                                                                              All Day

 

Junior Golf Day                                                                                                 All Day

 

Honoree Ceremony (Driving Range)                                                            2:30 p.m.

▪Hale Irwin – Tournament Honoree

plus Jock Hutchison and Willie Turnesa    ▪Larry Dorman plus Ron Balicki –Memorial Golf Journalism Award recipients

 

Jack Nicklaus Golf Clinic (Driving Range)                                                     4:00 p.m.

 

Junior Golf Clinic (Safari Golf Club)                                                               5:30p.m.

 

Thursday – Sunday                 (May 31 – June 3) Tournament Play – 8 a.m. start (estimated)

Trophy Presentation Following Play of Final Round

 

*All times subject to change

 

 

 

 

2018 the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Broadcast Schedule

 

Date Network Times Show Description
Thursday, May 31 Golf Channel 12:00 – 1:00 P.M. Honoree Ceremony
  Golf Channel 2:30 – 6:30 P.M. Live First Round Coverage
       
Friday, June 1 Golf Channel 2:30 – 6:30 P.M. Live Second Round Coverage
       
Saturday, June 2 Golf Channel 12:30 P.M. – 2:45 P.M. Live Bonus Coverage
  CBS 3:00 – 6:00 P.M. Live Third Round Coverage
       
Sunday, June 3 Golf Channel Noon – 2:15 P.M. Live Bonus Coverage
  CBS 2:30 – 6:00 P.M. Live Final Round Coverage
       

 

Jason Dufner, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, shows his support for Columbus' soccer team by wearing Save the Crew hat (photo by Dom Tiberi)

 

 

 

 

 

About the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide

The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide is held annually at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus. The Tournament, founded and hosted by Jack Nicklaus, is conducted each year with three goals in mind: to honor the memory of individuals living and deceased who have distinguished themselves in the game of golf; to showcase the world’s best golfers competing on one of the most challenging venues in the world for the enjoyment of spectators; and to benefit many Greater Columbus Charities in alliance with the Nicklaus Children’s Healthcare Foundation, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and numerous other local organizations. For more information, visit www.thememorialtournament.com or call 614-889-6700.

About Nationwide
Nationwide, a Fortune 100 company based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the U.S. and is rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s. The company provides a full range of insurance and financial services, including auto, commercial, homeowners, farm and life insurance; public and private sector retirement plans, annuities and mutual funds; banking and mortgages; excess & surplus, specialty and surety; pet, motorcycle and boat insurance. For more information, visit www.nationwide.com.

 

Nationwide, Nationwide is on your side and the Nationwide N and Eagle are service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company.

 

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