Jim Furyk and Justin Rose are joint leaders of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational after 54 holes at Firestone County Club.
Justin shot a bogey free third round -7 under par 63 to join Jim at the top of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational leaderboard at -9 under par. Before Justin suddenly came alive he had gone 30 holes without a birdie, that all changed today;
“I guess that shows it just evens out, really, if you can stay the course and stay patient, kind of believe that you’re going to get your run eventually.”
“Yesterday, when I shot 71, I actually played really well, not much different to today.”
“I drove it just as well yesterday as I did today, which is obviously the key to setting up a good round of golf around here.”
“It just didn’t happen really yesterday.”
“But I came into today with a belief that I was still playing well and probably made the adjustment mentally that possibly I was giving the course a bit too much respect yesterday.”
“I haven’t seen a putt go in all week from outside eight feet, it feels like.”
“So to knock that ball in on the last, it was a nice bonus for sure.”
Jim could not respond to the challenge, he carded a third round -1 under par on a day when nothing really went his way. Even when finding a rare fairway on the 18th, the ball ended up in an old divot, He did manage to save par at the last, and he is still there in position to finally win at Firestone;
“I felt pretty good about the round all in all, I felt like I struck the ball pretty well on the front nine. I drove the ball beautifully and hit a lot of fairways.”
“I had opportunities but didn’t knock in some putts that I probably could have or should have, and felt like the front nine could have been better.
“But then on the back nine, I missed a bunch of fairways. I think, when I finally did hit one on 18, I was in a divot and an awful lie.”
“I finally hit a fairway and still couldn’t make a good swing at it. I really just kind of gutted it out and ground it out and made the best I could of the back nine.”
“I really think I scored well to shoot level par and kind of held myself in the golf tournament.”
“Where it felt like maybe I could have got a little more out of the front, I got a lot out of the back, and it probably all evened out in the long run.”
Shane Lowry has third position all to himself, a -3 under par 67 keeping him in sight of the leaders, with his -7 under par total.
There are four players tied in fourth position, at -4 under par, five shots in arrears, Steven Bowditch, Henrik Stenson, Bubba Watson and Ian Poulter.
Ian was another player who certainly made a move on moving day, shooting a third round -5 under par 65, to get himself into contention on the last day.
Poults was happy with his fast start, carding birdie on three of the first six holes;
“I got off to a nice start today, which is just what I needed.”
Steve also got a good start to the day and carried it on to match Justin with a -7 under par 63 today;
“The front nine was very much a struggle again with my golf swing. I felt uncomfortable, and I was stuck in some places.”
“Then I made a really good swing on 14. I hit a really good drive down there and created a feeling that I had the last sort of six or seven weeks.”
“From there, I didn’t miss a golf shot. I hit it dead where I wanted to hit it basically. Hopefully, I can carry it into tomorrow.”