Woods gets one last crack at Firestone for WGC final edition

  • Woods gets one last crack at Firestone for WGC final edition

Woods gets one last crack at Firestone for WGC final edition

Jason Day will have to battle enormous crowds and the Tiger Woods comeback circus if he wants to finally win the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at the course which has teased him so often.

"This event has been very special to me over the years". "Just the potential to win majors and the potential to be in the top-10 of the world and, you know, now they're pushing the limits even more", he said. He started his PGA Tour season in January at No. 647. "I just couldn't quite get a feel for it".

And Dustin Johnson and Open victor Francesco Molinari will play as a pairing as well. "I'm outside of the top eight [who automatically qualify] and I'm going to be there either case [as a vice captain], but I would like to be there as a player as well".

It would be a fitting conclusion at Firestone for Woods to walk off with yet another trophy, except it's not that simple. He won at Firestone two years ago and, like Woods, calls it one of his favourite stops of the year because it is big, tree-lined and doesn't have many frills.

"You can't find this golf course any easier than we had it today, " said Rory McIlroy, who shot 65.

Rose, who was due to play alongside Ryder Cup teammate Henrik Stenson over the first two rounds, has not yet confirmed whether he will be fit to play at the PGA Championship next week. "And I don't think anyone could, to be honest".

"When you go out on the course and you're playing with some of the best players in the world, you confront yourself with them", he said. "Tiger has proved that with here, with Bay Hill, with Torrey Pines, with. well, actually, anywhere". He hasn't been eligible since then.

Starting on No. 10, Woods had three birdies on the front, capped by a 50-foot putt from just off the green on the par-4 18th hole, as he overcame waywardness off the tee on his second nine, scrambling with precise irons and a more dependable putter.

"I said it was going to sting for a while and it certainly does because I had a great chance at it", Woods, whose last major title came in the 2008 US Open, said. He wound up three shots behind, with the only consolation being a spot at Firestone.

And it was the seventh time he shot 66 or better in the opening round of this tournament; he won five of the previous six times. "So he's going to be very, very comfortable here".