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Jim Furyk capitalised on his early tee time on Friday in the WGC Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, at Akron Ohio. Jim produced a steady round of -4 under par, 66 and a tournament total of -11 under par, and said afterwards that he had been happy to tee off early as it helped with keeping the moment from yesterdays great start;
“Just probably a little easier to keep the momentum going that way, rather than having an early tee time on Thursday morning, having a good round and having to sit on it until Friday afternoon. I thought it was key to get off to a nice start and see some putts go in. The back nine was a little bit more making some good saves. Good round and it’ll be nice to relax a little this afternoon and maybe check out the weather forecast later on and kind of check out the weekend. I think the wind is supposed to pick up a little bit. If it gets breezy, the wind picks up and the greens get faster, this course will show a little bit more teeth than we’ve seen so far. I’ve played this course so many times and for so many years, I feel pretty comfortable out here and know when center of the green is a good idea and when I can take a shot at the pin and try to get one in there a little bit closer. “
At least Jim will not have to worry about contesting another play-off situation with Tiger Woods in this tournament, Tiger was over par today and is now 13 shots off Jim’s leading score.
Alone in second place is Rafael Cabrera Bello, he had a second round of -5 under par 65, one shot better that his 1st round effort, but his total score of -9 under par is still two shots behind Jim.
Louis Oosthuizen occupies third spot on his own, he also had a -5 under par 65 in the second round to go with his first round 66, and a total of -8 under par.
Jason Dufner was another mover on the day, with a -4 under par, 66 second round, moving him into fourth place. Jason grew up in the Cleveland area is enjoying playing in front of friends and family;
“It’s nice to come back and play in front of a lot of folks that haven’t had a chance to see me play up close. I don’t have a lot of experience on this course, but I’m from this area, and it’s good to play in front of a home crowd. Everything has been good, I’ve been able to hit the fairways, which is nice for me. I can hit a lot of drivers which gives me shorter clubs into the holes, so I can be more aggressive. And I’ve putted pretty good I feel like; I think I’ve got four bogeys for the week and three of them are on par 5s, so I’ve got to work on that a little bit. We’ve got two more days left. Depends on what the weather does, how the course responds to what they’re doing out there. If it gets firmer and faster it’s obviously tougher to shoot low scores. Feel like I’m in pretty good position heading into the weekend and a couple guys in front of me, so hopefully I can chase them down.”
With a good finish here Jason could take over the number one spot from Tiger Woods, in the race for the FedEx Cup. World number one in the rankings, Luke Donald is having another quiet tournament, he is currently six strokes behind the leader, and needs a great round tomorrow to pull himself into contention here at Firestone. Defending champion Adam Scott has played his way out of contention, a sad and lonely figure struggling to play good golf.