Marc Leishman, the first-round leader, is all over the place to start his round today at the Bridgestone Invitational. Through 9 holes, he has three bogeys and three birdies to remain in the lead at 6 under.To read more or comment...
Tee times for Friday at Firestone Country Club:
No. 1 tee groups
9:10 a.m. Chris Kirk, Marc Leishman
9:20 a.m. Kevin Streelman, Daisuke Maruyama
9:30 a.m. Stephen Gallacher, Ben Crane
9:40 a.m. Russell Henley, Jonas Blixt
9:50 a.m. Gary Woodland, Yoshitaka Takeya
10 a.m. Ernie Els, Jason Dufner
10:10 a.m. Zach Johnson, Ian Poulter
10:20 a.m. Brendon de Jonge, Kevin Na
10:30 a.m. Thomas Bjorn, Steve Stricker
10:40 a.m. Henrik Stenson, Bill Haas
1 p.m. Patrick Reed, John Senden
1:10 p.m. Harris English, Ryan Moore
1:20 p.m. Pablo Larrazabal, Louis Oosthuizen
1:30 p.m. Brian Harman, David Howell
1:40 p.m. Joost Luiten, Gonzalo Fdez-Castano
1:50 p.m. Charl Schwartzel, Jamie Donaldson
2 p.m. Jordan Spieth, Victor Dubuisson
2:10 p.m. Brandt Snedeker, Hideki Matsuyama
2:20 p.m. Sergio Garcia, Phil Mickelson
2:30 p.m. Matt Kuchar, Rory McIlroy
No. 10 tee groups
9:10 a.m. Steven Bowditch, Kevin Stadler
9:20 a.m. Fabrizio Zanotti, Graha.m. DeLaet
9:30 a.m. Richard Sterne, Scott Stallings
9:40 a.m. Mikko Ilonen, Brendon Todd
9:50 a.m. J.B. Holmes, David Lynn
10 a.m. Jim Furyk, Jason Day
10:10 a.m. Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler
10:20 a.m. Bubba Watson, Adam Scott
10:30 a.m. Tiger Woods, Martin Kaymer
1 p.m. Matt Every, Branden Grace
1:10 p.m. Tim Clark, Angel Cabrera
1:20 p.m. Tano Goya, Alexander Levy
1:30 p.m. Matt Jones, Thongchai Jaidee
1:40 p.m. Francesco Molinari, Seung-Yul Noh
1:50 p.m. Luke Donald, Webb Simpson
2 p.m. Jimmy Walker, Lee Westwood
2:10 p.m. Graeme McDowell, Hunter Mahan
2:20 p.m. Keegan Bradley, Miguel A. Jimenez
Australian Marc Leishman strives to take a basic approach every time he tees up for a golf tournament.
Leishman twice referenced the need to “keep doing the simple things well” when he met with the media Thursday following his first round score of 6-under-par 64 to lead the field of 76 golfers in the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club.
Leishman started on No. 10 with a birdie on a sunny and warm day on the South Course. He added birdies on 13, 16, 17, 2, 4, 6 and 8. He made a bogey on 18 and 7.
“To start with, I drove the ball well,” Leishman said. “It makes this course a lot easier when you’re on the fairway. It’s pretty tough when you’re playing from the rough.To read more or comment...
Dustin Johnson, who withdrew from the Bridgestone Invitational Monday, is taking an immediate leave of absence from the PGA Tour, according to a statement released through his management company, Hambric Sports.
"I will use this time to seek professional help for personal challenges I have faced,” Johnson said in the statement, according to pgatour.com. “By committing the time and resources necessary to improve my mental health, physical well-being and emotional foundation, I am confident that I will be better equipped to fulfill my potential and become a consistent champion.
“I respectfully ask my fans, well-wishers and the media for privacy as I embark upon this mission of self-improvement."
Johnson, 30, ranked No. 16 in the world, will miss next week’s PGA Championship and the Ryder Cup in September, David Winkle, president of Hambric Sports Management, told the PGA of America. Johnson stands No. 4 on the FedExCup playoff list and fifth in U.S. Ryder Cup points. The top nine in the Ryder Cup standings after the PGA Championship qualify and if Johnson is still among those, the 10th man would make the team. Going into this week, Patrick Reed is No. 9.To read more or comment...