WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Shane Lowry Lifts The Trophy.

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Shane Lowry lifts the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational trophy at Firestone Country Club,

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A delighted Shane Lowry won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational with a bogey free final round -4 under par 66, to post a -11 under par total, which no one could catch.

Shane thought about lifting the trophy while sipping his morning coffee at Starbucks, he did not tee off until 2 pm;

“You just think about lifting that trophy on the 18th green.”

Then when I’m in a good frame of mind, I let myself do it, and I give myself a little slap in the face and say, right, you need to get back to work, back to doing what you do best.”

“It’s fairly special to go out and do that and such a good feel to shoot a bogey-free 66 on the golf course like that.”

“I know it will stay with me now for the rest of my career, and hopefully I’ve got a long career ahead of me.”

He spoke about the pieces of luck that came his way today, definitely outrageous, in an Irish kind of way, first on the 10th and the second on the final hole.

For the 10th he said;

“I was quite lucky because I got a drop, and the drop actually took me back onto a little bit of an up-slope, which meant I could get the ball in the air quicker, and I could end up clearing the tree pretty comfortable.” 

And the 18th;

“I was just going in there praying that I could get it down there on the green.”

” It actually had a pretty horrific lie. It was sitting down in a hole. It was almost like someone had stood on it, but it was where the crowd was walking.” 

““I was trying to get it on the front right of the green but pulled it a little bit, it went through the tree and the rest is history.”

Both of these miraculous escapes ended in birdies !!!

In second place at -9 under par was Bubba Watson, he also carded a -4 under par 67 for his last round.

Jim Furyk and Justin Rose tied for third position, at -7 under par for the tournament.

Jim lamented his poor play for the last two day’s;

“I’ll go out and say, not only didn’t I hit it well, I hit the ball very poorly the last 27 holes.”

“I was covering up with putts early in the week. And under the gun, it got me a little worse on the weekend. We’ve got some work to do.”

Justin blamed the putter for his bad day on the greens;

“I played half decent today, it’s no problem.” 

“The early three putt made me tentative with the putter. Even around the turn, I had a great chance at number ten for birdie and three putted. 

“I had a great chance at 11 and a great chance at 12.”

“I did enough tee to green, but even the putter was under pressure on the tee to green play. So it just stems from that.”



WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Furyk Fires Up Firestone.

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Jim Furyk fires up the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, taking the half-way lead in Akron, Ohio.

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Jim took control of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational posting another -4 under par 66 in the second round, to give him a four shot lead at the top of the leaderboard on -8 under par for the tournament.

Jim really wants to win here

“I would say that I’m disappointed I’ve never won here.  It’s one of my favorite courses we play.”

“Before I’d won at Hilton Head at 2010, that was a course. Colonial is a place I’d like to win. Riviera, here, all really good classic golf courses.”

“So I’m disappointed, but to have like a chip on my shoulder or — no.”

“It’s another year and opportunity, and we’re only halfway. Just go out, and I’m going to try to do the same things this weekend and not really look at the leaderboard that much and go try to shoot under par every day.”

“I felt like I was moving in the right direction today.”

Sharing second place, those four shots back are Bubba Watson, Shane Lowry and Dustin Johnson, all at -4 under par.

Bubba and Shane carded -4 under today while Dustin added one shot his total with a -3 under round today.

Bubba and Dustin were all over the course, and Shane played more conventionally.

Yesterday’s leader Danny Lee slumped to a +2 over par 72 and dropped into a tie for fifth place with Graeme McDowell and Henrik Stenson, at -3 under par for the competition.

There is no cut in the World Golf Championships tournaments so even the guys right at the bottom of the table get to play the weekend, just get some practice in, for there is no way to catch the leaders.

Today the golf world said goodbye to Louise Suggs, the founder of the LPGA, and a Hall of Fame member. Louise reached the grand old age of 91.

In other news, Rory McIlroy has his name of the start sheet for the U.S. PGA Championship at  Whistling Straits. He is due to tee off with Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth and British Open winner Zach Johnson.

Rory has posted a video of him hitting a driver, with the caption;

 “Feels good to hit the driver again.”

Seems like a big gamble, apart from swinging and hitting, it is a long walk round a Major golf course.

W.G.C. Bridgestone Invitational. Rory Resplendent.

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Rory McIlroy was resplendent in winning the WGC Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, overcoming a three shot deficit to win by two shots, and in doing so became World Number One again.

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Rory returned a final round of -4 under par 66 to post a winning total -15 under par to win the WGC Bridgestone Invitational by two shots, again, over Sergio Garcia. At the post match interview Rory stressed the importance of his well-behaved driver;

“If you’re hitting arguably the hardest club in your bag that well, then the other stuff should sort of fall in line. Whenever I drive the ball well, I always put myself in positions where I can attack flags and try and make birdies, but when I’m swinging it well with a driver that sort of funnels through the rest of my game.”

The big thing for me is if you let it affect you mentally, it makes it more difficult, if you can stay strong mentally when you’re going through the struggles you always seem to come out the other side OK. It’s when it affects you mentally you can start to lose confidence, then you’re losing confidence in your swing. It can spiral out of control, kind of like I did last summer.”

“It’s the most comfortable I’ve ever felt trying to close out a golf tournament out there today. I felt normal. I felt like it was the first round or the second round. It didn’t feel like a fourth round. What I am really proud of this week is following on from The Open with a performance like this.”

“I said straight after I did not want any let down, I wanted to keep going and performing until the end of the season. It’s great to come to one of my favourite tournaments of the year and to perform like this I am pretty satisfied.”

Sergio’s putting problems resurfaced, he carded a +1 over par 71, for his -13 under par total;

“I didn’t feel comfortable on the greens at all, with the spin of the greens changing quite dramatically after the rain, they got a little bit;  they were quite slow for the last three days.”

“I started kind of second-guessing myself every single putt, and because of that, I didn’t; the good putt I hit, I misread, and the bad ones, obviously, weren’t going the right direction either.”

Marc Leishman finished in third position on his own at -13 under par, another steady round of -3 under par 67, keeping him near the top of the leaderboard, where he has been all week.

Adam Scott missed his chance to stay at World Number One, shooting a last round +1 over par 71, to finish in a tie for 8th, he bogeyed three of his final five holes;

“I was pretty scratchy every round this week, so I was scrambling a bit, and that was good. But just lost my rhythm a little bit on a couple of holes on the back nine. Couldn’t scramble hard enough.”

” It’s all good, it’s been a lot of fun. Obviously, Rory’s in incredible form at the moment. He’ll be the man to beat next week, by the looks of things, and I’ll be gunning for him for sure.”

Phil suddenly found some real form with a final round -8 under par 62, and a T15 place, so he could be a contender next week at the PGA;

“This was a big day for me heading into next week because I feel like I’m not trying to search and find it on Thursday. I feel like my game is right there. I feel like I found what I’m looking for. I just have to keep it going and build on today’s round and put together four good, solid rounds.”

“I don’t know what will happen next week, but if I play well, I’ll look back to today’s round as being the key point.”

Tiger had to withdraw from the tournament, citing back problems, it is unlikely that he will appear next week.


W.G.C. Bridgestone Invitational. Sergio Streaks Seven birdies in a Row.

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Sergio Garcia streaks seven birdies in a row at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club.

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Sergio scored seven birdies in a row on the back nine to post a second round -9 under par 61, requiring only 27 strokes on that last nine holes at Firestone Country Club. The amazing effort equaled the course record, and in doing so gave Sergio a three shot lead at the top of the WGC Bridgestone Invitational leaderboard with a -11 under par mid way total.

He said it was a magical moment, and he did not want it to end;

“Just one of those moments that you love and you enjoy and you wish there were no end. It was a combination of getting good numbers, hitting good shots. Then when I wasn’t too close from the hole, I rolled a couple of nice putts in.”

“It was definitely a dream back nine. I felt like I started well and hit some good shots early on, but still missed a couple of good birdie chances.”

“Then I obviously got a little bit lucky on the front nine. I hit three bad tee shots on four, eight and nine, and I was able to have a shot at the green and made a couple of good up and downs.”

“Then the back nine was, I don’t know, I just started hitting good shots, rolling the putts in, and everything seemed to happen. I was just enjoying it as much as I could.”

“It obviously feels great to be able to shoot the course record or equal the record on a course like this, which is not; even playing soft; that easy a course.”

“You have to drive the ball very, very well. You have to put the ball on the greens on the right spots because you can get some really, really fast putts. So to be able to do it and obviously being in a group with Tiger and Jose Maria, but still, to be able to be in that group, it feels really good.”

Justin Rose is in second place at -8 under par, he had a good second round of -3 under par 67 and said he was happy about the way he has started this tournament;

“I am really happy with the way I turned the long game around, and to hit 16 greens out there is pretty solid, but for the most part I just hit it close to the hole as well.”

“Early in the round, the putts kept sliding by. I wasn’t seeing the line all that well and I think 18 was the first putt I made. From there I felt pretty comfortable with the putts and I had a couple of good looks coming in. All in all, it’s a good start to the tournament.”

Third position is tied between Rory McIlroy and Marc Leishman, both posting half-way totals of -7 under par. Rory could reclaim top spot in the Official World Golf Rankings if he collects the trophy at Firestone and Adam Scott fails to make the top five. He said he knew Sergio was playing well in front of him, he could hear the crowd cheering;

“He obviously played in front of us, and he seemed like he was playing well. Every time I looked back, he was putting a ball in the hole, and the crowd was cheering. I knew that he was making a few birdies, and I knew I had to make a few birdies just to try and stay in touch. It was nice just to make a few coming in.” 

“I’m still four back going into the weekend, but I feel like that could have been a lot more. So it’s a good finish. I do have a good relationship with Sergio, and it’s just great to see him play like this again.” 

“I grew up idolising the guy. He’s obviously really happy with everything that’s going on. He seems in a really good place, and it’s good to see him play like this.”

Phil’s miserable malaise continues, even hitting a marshal with his ball today. A wayward tee shot on the fourth hole in today’s second round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational struck the official. Phil being Phil, he went on to par the hole, but it did not improve his second round score of +3 over par for +4 over total.

W.G.C. Bridgestone Invitational. Leishman Leads at Firestone.

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Aussie Marc Leishman leads at the W.G.C. Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Ohio.


Marc shot -6 under par 64 , at Firestone Country Club to lead the WGC Bridgestone Invitational by just one shot, reporting that he played well and kept the ball  in the fairway;

“I drove the ball well. It makes this course a lot easier when you’re on the fairway. It’s pretty tough when you’re playing from the rough. Then, I hit my irons really well and was rolling the ball awesome. So it’s a pretty good combination for a tough golf course like this, something I can hopefully keep going.”

Three players are tied in second place, just that one shot behind, at -5 under par following their opening rounds of 65. Ryan Moore, Charl Schwartzel and Justin Rose are the guys right behind the leader.

Sergio and Tiger are at -2 under par, Rory at -1 under while an ailing Phil Mickelson could only manage +1 over par 71. Phil arrived late and is still in recovery mode from Strep Throat.

Rory is playing for the World Number One spot;

“There’s still so much to play for, No. 1 spot is up for grabs. Trying to get myself as far up the FedExCup points as possible. I haven’t won a World Golf Championship before.”

“Got another major coming up next week. It hasn’t been that hard for me to refocus and get back to work.”

Tiger feels he is making some progress;

“I hit a lot of good shots, I dropped shots at three holes out there today, got it right back on the very next hole.”

” I feel like I made some progress, as I said, this is only my seventh round back, so it’s just going to take a little time. I’m starting to get in the flow of things. If you look at my iron shots into the holes today, a majority of them were pin-high. So I’m starting to get the feel back in my hands and get my trajectory under control.”

Sergio is excited, and loves Firestone Country Club;

“I love the golf course. I think this is definitely one of the best golf courses we play all year.”

“We’ve always enjoyed it. I think the people always come and support it. It’s great to see nice big crowds here, and the golf course is really one of the best we play.”

“Obviously, it all depends a little bit on how the course plays. If it doesn’t rain, this course can play quite tough. Some of the holes are very, very difficult to hit. But it’s like any other week, obviously if I’m on, if I feel comfortable, if I feel confident, I think I can do well. I’ve done fairly well before.”

“But if you’re a little bit off, it’s the kind of golf course that’s asking you to hit a lot of different shots. Mainly off the tee, it’s asking you a lot. You have to be very patient and realise that it’s probably not going to be the easiest week that you have all year.”



Bridgestone Invitational. Tiger Triumphs.

Tiger Woods claimed his expected victory as he triumphed in the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club.

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A last round of even par 70 was good enough for Tiger to take the spoils in the Bridgestone Invitational tournament at Firestone Country Club with a seven shot victory. He thought that was pretty OK, so did his son, and they are looking forward to next week and picking up Major number 15;

” That was pretty cool. This week was nice, I was able to get the lead and I held it, and it was awfully special for me to have him here to witness it because he understands it now. He understands when I make birdie, when I make par, and he understands the difference. Do I want it any more?  No, it’s the same, each and every major, I always want them. I’ve been successful 14 times, and hopefully next week will be 15.”

Tied second place with Henrik Stenson was Keegan Bradley, the defending champion, finishing at -8 under par, Keegan said coming second was a big event;

” It was a really weird feeling because it was like a tournament within a tournament, I felt like, coming in second is a big accomplishment considering Tiger had such a big lead. It’s very tough to give Tiger that many shots. The round he shot on Friday was pretty special. You know, I hate to sit here and go on and on about how good he is, but he is. It’s difficult because I really want to get up there and contend with him, but this week he’s playing really well.”

Sharing a distant fourth place at -6 under par were Zach Johnson, Miguel A Jimenez and Jason Dufner.



WGC Bridgestone Invitational.Nothing Can Stop Tiger.

Nothing can stop Tiger Woods winning the WGC Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club.

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Tiger had a modest third round of -2 under par 68, giving him a tournament total of -15 under par, and still a seven shot lead over the rest. Tiger admitted that he did not quite have it today but will go out tomorrow to execute his game plan;

I’ll just go out there and execute my game-plan, it all starts with what the weather is doing, and then I build it from there. We’ll see what I do tomorrow. You know, today was a day that I didn’t quite have it, but I scored. And that’s the name of the game, posting a number, and I did today. I grinded my way around that golf course. Any time you can go into a major tournament or any tournament with a win under your belt, it’s nice. It validates what you’re working on and you have some nice momentum going in there.”

Henrik Stenson is alone in second place at -8 under par, he had a -3 under par 67 third round score and has a battle on his hands to keep that second prize.

Jason Dufner, in third place, is a mighty eight strokes back at -7 under par total after his third round -3 under par, 67, but he can still play for second, after acknowledging Tiger’s record here at Firestone;

“Yeah, he has a pretty good track record here, there’s quite a few events out here that he does really well. Torrey Pines comes to mind, Bay Hill comes to mind, the Memorial. So he obviously feels comfortable on those courses, and it’s our job to try and chase him down if we can.”

 Luke Donald, Bill Haas, and Chris Wood, are all at -6 under par for the tournament and the tussle between them and Henrik and Jason for second and third will be worth watching.