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Five tidbits from Sunday at Firestone Country Club

By Michael Beaven Published: August 9, 2015

+ Shane Lowry finished atop the leaderboard after Sunday’s final round of the tournament at 11-under-par for a total of 269. Lowry made several spectacular shots Sunday en route to a 66 on the South Course at Firestone Country Club.

+ Lowry is the eighth player to come from behind in the 17-year history of the Bridgestone and NEC Invitational. Rory McIlroy came from behind to win last year too.

+ Bubba Watson jumped up to second with a 66 of his own, and finished two shots behind Lowry. Jim Furyk and Justin Rose entered the final round tied for first, but both faltered on Sunday and each posted a 72 to finish tied for third and four shots back. Robert Streb carded a 68 Sunday and rounded out the top five at 6-under over four days.

+ Camilo Villegas posted Sunday’s best round with a 65, which helped him finish tied for 25th with five other golfers at even.

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Five tidbits from Saturday at Firestone Country Club

By Michael Beaven Published: August 8, 2015

+ Jim Furyk and Justin Rose are atop the leaderboard following three rounds of the tournament at 9-under-par for a total of 201. Rose shot a 7-under 63 to jump up the leaderboard and catch Furyk, who tallied a 69. Shane Lowry is third overall at 7-under.

+ Rose and Steven Bowditch each posted a 63, the best rounds of the day. Bowditch is tied for fourth at 5-under overall with Ian Poulter, Henrik Stenson and Bubba Watson.

+ Bernd Wiesberger had the first bogey-free round of the week, carding a 4-under 66. There were no bogey-free rounds through the first two rounds, something that hadn’t happened since the British Open Championship in 2013 at Muirfield. Wiesberger is tied for 26th with six other golfers at 1-over overall. Rose proceeded to post the second bogey-free round of the week.

+ Jordan Spieth, the world’s No. 2 ranked golfer, carded a 2-over-par round of 72 on Day Three, and is tied for 17th at even overall with eight other golfers.

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Five tidbits from Friday at Firestone Country Club

By Michael Beaven Published: August 7, 2015

+ Jim Furyk is atop the leaderboard midway through the tournament with consecutive rounds of 4-under-par 66 for a total of 132. Furyk has a four-shot lead over three men tied for second: Shane Lowry, Bubba Watson and Dustin Johnson. Furyk, Lowry, Watson and Charley Hoffman each posted the best rounds Friday on the South Course with all at 66.

+ Watson said after his round Friday that he has enjoyed playing the past two days with fellow long-ball hitter Johnson. The two will be paired up again Saturday at 1:55 p.m. Furyk and Lowry will tee off at 2:05 p.m.

+ PGA Tour communication director Chris Reimer said there has been no bogey-free rounds through the first 36 holes, which is the first time that has happened this year. The last there were no bogey-free rounds through the first 36 holes was the 2013 British Open Championship at Muirfield. 

+ Jordan Spieth, the world’s No. 2 ranked golfer, carded a 2-under-par round of 68 on Day Two, and is tied for eighth with eight rivals.

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Five tidbits from Thursday at Firestone Country Club

By Michael Beaven Published: August 6, 2015

+ Danny Lee’s 5-under-par 65 is the highest score by a first round leader since Retief Goosen’s 66 in 2008. Since then, the top score on the first day was either a 62, 63 or 64. Graeme McDowell and Jim Furyk are tied for second at 66.

+ Sergio Garcia shot a 9 on the South Course’s No. 16 for a quadruple bogey, but remains in contention after finishing at 1-over-par 71.

+ The field of 77 players features four previous winners at Firestone Country Club, three Bridgestone champs (Keegan Bradley in 2012, Adam Scott in 2011 and Hunter Mahan in 2010) and one NEC World Series of Golf champ (Phil Mickelson in 1996). Bradley had the best round of the four on Thursday with a 69.  

+ Jordan Spieth, the world’s No. 2 ranked golfer, carded an even-par 70 on Day One.

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Report: Rory McIlroy to test injured ankle Saturday at Whistling Straits

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 4, 2015

Rory McIlroy may be preparing to test his injured left ankle in a practice round Saturday at Whistling Straits, sight of next week's PGA Championship.

Reuters reported Tuesday morning that was McIlroy's plan. But when reached by the Irish Golf Desk, McIlroy's publicist refuted the story, saying, "Not booked for such a round. Still going through the ankle rehab process."

Ranked No. 1 in the world, McIlroy is the defending champion at this week's World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, but withdrew from the elite field last week.

On July 6, the 26-year-old from Northern Ireland announced via Instagram that he ruptured the anterior talofibular ligament (ATFL) in his left ankle while playing soccer with friends at home. The picture he posted showed him on crutches.

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Revamped 2016 PGA Tour schedule sets Bridgestone Invitational for June 30-July 3

By Marla Ridenour Published: July 30, 2015

Northeast Ohio fans of professional golf and the NBA may not have a conflict in 2016, unless the NBA dramatically pushes back the start of the post-season.

The PGA Tour released its schedule for 2015-16 Thursday and next year's World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational was set for June 30-July 3 at Firestone Country Club. According to the tour, the event will move back to its traditional date in 2017.

The schedule needed revision because of golf's return to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. The 72-hole Olympic stroke-play competition will include 60 men's and 60 women's players. The men's event will be Aug. 11-14.

"All associated with the game are excited to see golf return as an Olympic sport in 2016,” Don Padgett, executive director of the Bridgestone Invitational, said in a statement. “We look forward to celebrating the fact that the Games are a year away at this year’s tournament and know that in 2016, our fans, sponsors and players will enjoy being at Firestone Country Club from June 29-July 3. Firestone Country Club is traditionally one of the favorite stops for the world’s best players each year. We know that the staff at Firestone will have the golf course in pristine condition a few weeks earlier than normal.”

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Defending champion Rory McIlroy withdraws from next week's Bridgestone Invitational

By Marla Ridenour Published: July 29, 2015

Rory McIlroy has already missed defending his British Open title on a St. Andrews course that is special to him. Now an ankle injury he suffered playing soccer with friends will rob the world's No. 1 player of a chance to record back-to-back victories in the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at another venue he cherishes.

McIlroy announced through the PGA Tour Wednesday morning that he was withdrawing from next week's $9.25 million Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, where he recorded a two-stroke victory over Sergio Garcia in 2014.

“Unfortunately, I will not be defending my World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational title,” McIlroy said in a statement released by the tour. “Best of luck to all the competitors, and I look forward to returning to Firestone in 2016.”

McIlroy has played in Akron since 2009. In his six appearances, he has recorded four top-10 finishes. Last year, McIlroy rated Firestone South No. 5 on his top 10 list of favorite courses in the world on Golf.com.

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Tiger Woods can still qualify for Bridgestone Invitational with win this weekend

By Marla Ridenour Published: July 28, 2015

Eight-time Bridgestone Invitational champion Tiger Woods has one last chance to get into next week's $9.25 million World Golf Championships event at Firestone Country Club.

Unfortunately considering the state of Woods' game, it may not be a realistic one.

The winner of this week's Quicken Loans National at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Va., will receive an invitation into the Bridgestone. Woods is hosting the Quicken Loans National, which benefits his foundation. He won the tournament in 2009 and 2012, both of those victories coming at Congressional Country Club.

"Well, kind of funny I won there a couple years ago. I think I won it eight times," he said of Firestone during his pre-tournament press conference Tuesday. "Unfortunately, I can't get an invite there unless I win. I might as well earn one this week and go out and get it done this week."

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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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