Danny Lee, from New Zealand, leads the World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club.
Danny Lee had a first round -5 under par 65 to lead the WGC Bridgestone Invitational after the first round at Firestone in Akron, and he was happy with that result;
“I left a couple short birdie putts out there.”
“It’s hard for me to say. It may sound a little bit too greedy, but I did. And I was hitting it that good, and I was very happy with my result.
Sharing second place at -4 under par after their opening rounds of 66 are Graeme McDowell and Jim Furyk.
Graeme spoke about the tricky greens, suffering through a sticky patch, and coming out the other side;
“In years gone past, the fairways have not really been a must because the greens have been extremely receptive, and the guys can still hit the greens out of the rough.”
“I think this year, when it’s firm and fiery, even the rough’s firm and fiery, the ball is bouncing into trouble when you do actually hit it offline here, and the greens are hard to hold.”
“So it’s tricky.”
“It’s been a rough year, no doubt about it, definitely been some time for reflection and some questions being asked of myself.”
“But I think we all experience these things in everything we do. It’s how you answer the questions and how you come out the other side really.”
“When you’re packing your bag on a Friday afternoon, it’s hard. It’s not cool.”
“You get frustrated with the people closest to you and around you, and caddies and agents and coaches. It’s hard.”
Jim likes this course, reminds him of the ones he played while growing up;
“It reminds me of golf courses I grew up on.”
“Everything’s right in front of you. There’s not a lot of blind shots. I just feel like I know where I’m supposed to put the ball. It’s a matter of being able to do it.”
“The years I’ve played well, I feel like I’m on top of my game.”
Rickie Fowler and Justin Rose are tied in third place at -3 under par.
Justin started hot, with four birdies in his first six holes, and then cooled off a bit;
“It’s great to see this course play this way, though, you’ve got to be very strategic.”
“I think we know the course so well in somewhat soft conditions, and many so times you can get the ball up and down with short-siding itself.”
“It’s going to be much harder to get it up and down short-siding.”