Tiger Woods shoots 4-under 66 to open Bridgestone Invitational

Lynette Rowe
August 5, 2018

Tiger Woods plays alongside Jason Day this afternoon, and they're at the first tee at 20-past-3.

Woods has made an incredible $10 million in earnings at Firestone over the years and has eight wins on the course - and while the 42-year-old hasn't won a tournament since 2013, he's off to a brilliant start on Thursday. This will be the last time that Firestone CC will host this event because in 2019 it will be moving to Memphis, Tennessee, and I'm really sad to see this one go.

During a press conference, Woods said the course is one of his favorite places to play on the Professional Golf Association tour.

It's one thing to watch the television coverage of a golf tournament, with its tracer technology and dozens of camera angles at every turn, but another to witness the strength, accuracy and fortitude of the PGA Tour's players in person.

Woods carded three birdies on his first nine - he started his round on the 10th hole - and birdied the two par 3s on his final nine. The Firestone Country Club (South) is a 7,400-yard par 70, which has been a signature stop on the PGA Tour for five decades and the last of the original WGC venues. "It's one of the reasons why I tried so hard to get in this event because it does mean something special to me". I had a great chance at Valspar early in the year, and even a week ago I had a great shot at it.

They will follow the group that includes defending champion Hideki Matsuyama of Japan and 2014 victor Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland.

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On Wednesday, Woods also reflected on being in contention at the British Open at Carnoustie last month, where he finished in a tie for sixth after holding the lead briefly during the final round.

Cape Town - Francesco Molinari celebrated his Open Championship victory by sharing the Claret Jug with those who he says believed he was capable of becoming a Major champion long before he did. "I just couldn't quite get a feel for it". He would need to be among the top 30 to qualify for the Tour Championship, which comes after a week break and begins on September 20.

"It's managing my practice sessions, " said Woods, who is in the midst of a stretch where he will play five tournaments in six weeks.

Woods said he took a Switzerland vacation with friends and family the following week before returning to prepare for the Bridgestone.

Winning, contending at the PGA Championship, and making the Ryder Cup team are at the top of his to-do list.

Asked how he, as vice captain, might pitch himself to Furyk as a player right now, Woods replied with a big smile, "What would be the word?"

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