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Bridgestone Invitational Golf Tournament

20 golfers as close as four strokes to lead

By Jonas Published: August 5, 2011

In the chase for $8.5 million, the Bridgestone Invitational is anyone’s to win this year.

At the midway point, four golfers – Ryan Moore, Rickie Fowler, Adam Scott and Keegan Bradley – are tied at the top at 8-under…and 15 more are within four strokes of them.

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson aren’t among them.

Woods was a shot over for the day to sit at 1-under for the tournament. Mickelson was 3-over on Friday to fall to even for the tournament. With two days left, there is still time to turn it around. About 40 golfers are under par.

Here is the complete standings

Fowler clearly had the best day of anyone, utilizing an eagle and eight birdies to shoot a 6-under-64 and place a top the leader board. Should Fowler maintain his hot streak and win the tournament, he would become the youngest, at 22 years, to ever win a World Golf Championship. Woods won his first Bridgestone title as a 23 year old in 1999.

Scott merely held on after shooting an 8-under yesterday. Two birdies on the front were neutralized by two bogeys.

Bradley never bogeyed at all, getting five birdies to move up five strokes.

Make sure you pay attention to tomorrow's schedule!!!!!

The threat of thunderstorms tomorrow has switched tomorrow’s tee times to 7-9 a.m. Players will tee off the No.1 and No.10 tees in threesomes, as opposed to the usual pairings.

Television times will be unaffected, although it will now be on tape delay. Golf Channel will air from 12-1:30 p.m.and CBS will have coverage from 2-6 p.m.

STRAIGHT FROM THE PGA PRESS NOTES

-- The average age of the age of the last four winners of World Golf Championships events (Nick Watney, Luke Donald, Francesco Molinari and Hunter Mahan) is 29 years, 1 month and 6 days. The prior six winners of World Golf Championships (Ernie Els, Ian Poulter, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods) had an average age of 36 years and 6 months.

-- There have been 12 different players in their 20s and 12 different players in their 30s win on TOUR this season. Since 2000, there has not been a point in a TOUR season (except when Sergio won the season opening Mercedes Championship in 2002) when there were more different players in their 20s with wins than different players in their 30s.

Look for more coverage of the tournament in the Beacon Journal in the morning, on Ohio.com, on this blog and on Twitter @RonLedgard @MarlaRidenour @JasonLloydABJ and @JonasFortune.

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