Thomas Pieters, from Belgium, leads the Bridgestone Invitational after the first round at Firestone Country Club.
Thomas fired a first round -5 under 65 to lead the Bridgestone Invitational by one shot at Firestone.
Thomas has problems with his driver, good putting was the key;
“I can’t hit the damn thing.”
“Off the tee I was very bad but managed to find a lot of greens and I didn’t leave myself too many downhill putts.”
“I only had two putts from above the hole, the rest of them were just pretty straightforward putts. I think that was the key.”
“I hit plenty of three woods.”
“When I hit driver, I shouldn’t have, I was just not confident with it.”
“So I’ll have to do plenty of work on the range this afternoon, I’m sure I’ll get it back.”
In second place at -4 under is Russell Knox. Scotland, with his opening round 66, he said he was happy using his old putter;
“I figured it did work at one point.”
“I rolled the ball beautifully. I switched iron shafts, which I haven’t done in five years. That seemed to make it a little easier for me.”
Six players are all tied in third position at -3 under par, World Number Four Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland, Ross Fisher, England. Jon Rahm, Spain, with Open Champion Jordan Spieth, Kevin Kisner and Bubba Watson, all from the USA.
Rory, for some unknown reason has just sacked his longtime caddie, the new one Harry Diamond was good;
“Awesome, we both did the numbers and I sort of consulted him a couple of times. It was good.”
“There was a couple of shots that I hit or a couple of clubs that I pulled that I maybe should have just thought a little bit more about, but, no, really good.”
Jordan had a moment with his caddie when he decided to try a difficult pitch shot, which he pulled off;
“I said, Michael, just put the bag over there, stand over there and watch this.”
”I split a hole that was 60 yards in front of me and cut it to get onto the green.”
”It was really a cool shot. I was shocked I pulled it off.”