Tiger Woods gets one last crack at Firestone for WGC final edition


After The Open and the RBC Canadian Open, the PGA Tour returns to the United States where Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio will host the WGC Bridgestone Invitational.

"It's always been one of my favorite golf courses on the entire Tour and it's unfortunate that it is leaving", Woods said prior to a practice round on Wednesday.

Anticipation has reached fever pitch given Woods won the tournament eight times between 1999 and 2013 - the latter being his last worldwide victory.

Molinari enjoyed a scheduled holiday after his victory in Scotland and he chose to keep the celebrations low key, getting used to having the Claret Jug in his possession after a busy summer, which has already seen the Italian win the European PGA Championship, The Open and the Quicken Loans National in America.

Also playing in the morning session will be Shubhankar Sharma as two Indians will play the event for the first time. Kyle Stanley played his first 12 holes of the tournament at 7-under par to take the early lead.

"My training schedule, how to build myself up, my recovery breaks, even had to factor in how much I can practice, just to make sure I'm physically fit enough to get through this section".

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"I am surprised he hasn't mentioned that yet ― which is nice", quipped Thomas, who will play alongside five-time major victor Phil Mickelson in the first two rounds, when Woods tees it up with Australian Jason Day. "But I also had to play well to do it and I was ranked pretty far in the world there".

"I was kind of laughing because most of the media at the time were sceptical of my game plan and it played myself right into the lead".

Tiger Woods returned to the top 50 of the world rankings for the first time since 2014 this week, and his comeback is about to shift into a higher gear. "I certainly can win again".

"This event has been very special to me over the years, and it's sad to see it leave Firestone", Woods said. "Within a year to get to 50 its quite an accomplishment". But then again, I have to manage this as quite a bit of golf I'm going to ask my body to go through at tournament speed for basically the next nearly two months.

"I've had to play well this year and I'm just really excited about being back here and playing the South course".

"It's nice to shoot rounds like I did at The Open and like I did today, put together rounds where I may not feel the best but I'm able to post a score, " said Woods, who won his 79th and last PGA Tour title here five years ago.