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Fast-starting Rory McIlroy wins Bridgestone, regains world's No. 1 ranking

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 3, 2014

Rory McIlroy came from three shots behind Sergio Garcia at the start and won his first World Golf Championship on Sunday, taking the title in the $9 million Bridgestone Invitational by two shots over Garcia.

McIlroy, who captured his third major at the British Open two weeks ago, birdied the first three holes at Firestone Country Club to grab the lead as Garcia bogeyed No. 3.

"What I'm really proud of is following up the Open with a performance like this," McIlroy told CBS. "It's great to come to one of my favorite tournaments and perform like this."

The Northern Ireland-born McIlroy virtually won the tournament on the front nine, with birdies on four of the first five holes, against one bogey at No. 8. He needed only one birdie the rest of the way, at No. 11, to hold off Garcia.

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Video: Tiger Woods after re-injuring his back, withdrawing from Bridgestone Invitational

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 3, 2014

 

 

Tiger Woods withdrew from the Bridgestone Invitational on the ninth fairway in Sunday's final round at Firestone Country Club after re-injuring his back on the second hole.

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Tiger Woods reinjures back, withdraws from Bridgestone Invitational on 9th fairway

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 3, 2014

Tiger Woods withdrew from the Bridgestone Invitational on the ninth fairway in Sunday's final round at Firestone Country Club after reinjuring his back on the second hole.

Woods, an eight-time champion of the event, told a PGA Tour representative that the injury occurred on his second shot on No. 2 when he fell back into the bunker.

"I just jarred it and it's been spasming ever since," Woods said. "It's just the whole lower back. I don't know what happened."

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Bridgestone play to resume at noon; final group off at 3:20 p.m.

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 3, 2014

Play in the final round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational was suspended at 10:44 a.m., one minute before defending champion Tiger Woods was scheduled to tee off.

Water was beginning to puddle on Firestone Country Club's South Course due to steady rain.

At 11:02 a.m., players were brought back to the clubhouse so work could be done to the course.

The PGA Tour announced that play will resume at noon.

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Bridgestone Invitational: Jason Day withdraws during third round

By Ron Ledgard Published: August 2, 2014

Jason Day withdrew during the round this morning. The PGA announced that it was due to dizziness. Day was 6 over for the tournament.

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Bridgestone update: Sergio Garcia holds 3 shot leading going into Sunday

By Ron Ledgard Published: August 2, 2014

Sergio Garcia, who shot a course-record 61 on Friday, held on to the lead after the third round of the Bridgestone Invitational on Saturday at Firestone Country Club.

Garcia shot a 67 and is 14 under for the tournament.

There was a 3-plus hour rain delay at the course that went from 12:43 p.m. until 4 p.m. The final group of Garcia, Marc Leishman and Justin Rose had three holes remaining when the horn blew due to rain and thunder.

Garcia parred that the final three holes.

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Bridgestone Invitational: Sergio Garcia equals course record with 61

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 1, 2014

Sergio Garcia birdied seven consecutive holes coming home and eight of nine on the back nine to match the South Course record of 61 Friday in the second round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club.

Garcia holed 11 consecutive one-putts during his birdie binge and needed 23 putts for the round.

Tiger Woods shot 61 twice, in 2000 and 2013, along with Jose Maria Olazabal in 1990.

Garcia shot 27 on the back nine. With a total of 11-under par, Garcia leads Justin Rose by three shots going into Saturday's third round.

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Bridgestone Invitational: Saturday tee times moved up due to forecast

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 1, 2014

With thunderstorms forecast for Saturday, tee times for the third round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club have been moved up.

Players will go off holes 1 and 10 in threesomes between 7 and 9 a.m.

The weather forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms beginning at 10 a.m. and increasing throughout the day.

 

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Report: PGA Tour suspends Dustin Johnson for positive cocaine test; tour issues statement

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 1, 2014

Dustin Johnson's leave of absence from the PGA Tour annouced by his agency Thursday is because of a six-month suspension levied by the tour after he tested positive for cocaine, Golf.com reported Friday.

According to a Golf.com source, Johnson failed three drug tests – for marijuana in 2009 and two for cocaine in 2012 and this year. The web site said Johnson was suspended in 2012, but the penalty was never made public.

The tour has a policy in regards to drug testing, but is not required to announce discipline against players found to have used recreational drugs.

The PGA Tour disputed Golf.com's report with a statement on Friday from executive vice president Ty Votaw. Votaw said Johnson stepped away voluntarily.

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Bridgestone update: Justin Rose in lead, Tiger Woods struggles

By Ron Ledgard Published: August 1, 2014

Justin Rose shot a 67 today to take the second-round lead at the Bridgestone Invitational at 8 under.

Rose bogeyed No. 14 after starting his round on No. 10. After that, he birdied Nos. 15, 18 and then 1 and 5.

Marc Leishman, the first-round leader, was all over the place during his second round. Through his first 9 holes, he had three bogeys and three birdies. He finished the back nine with one birdie. He shot a 69, putting him 1 back of Rose.

Charl Schwartzel is 2 under through 14 holes and is at 7 under.

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