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Archive for August 5th, 2018

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)
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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)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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