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Marla Ridenour: Caddie Steve Williams steals Adam Scott’s show

By jim Published: August 8, 2011

During the 12 years he worked for Tiger Woods, caddie Steve Williams was the enforcer.

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Caddie Steve Williams steals Adam Scott’s show

By jim Published: August 8, 2011

During the 12 years he worked for Tiger Woods, caddie Steve Williams was the enforcer.

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Rickie Fowler takes sister’s advice, forces tie for second

By jim Published: August 7, 2011

Whether he likes it or not, Rickie Fowler has picked up a new swing coach. It’s his younger sister Taylor, who was happy to offer advice and instruction before his final round at the Bridgestone Invitational.

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Fowler, McIlroy presser transcripts

By Jonas Published: August 7, 2011

Q. Talk about putting together a nice final round. I know you've kind of struggled in some final rounds.

RICKIE FOWLER: Yeah, definitely. Obviously, like I've talked about all week, I've been playing a lot better the last month or two, and yeah, this is really the first time I've played a good final round.
Last year I had quite a few -- or I had a good run where I just hung around until Sunday, played well on Sunday, and kind of a back door top 10. It's been a while since I've played well on Sunday, and it was nice to go out and shoot a bogey-free 4-under.

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Scott leads from start to finish, earns $1.4 million

By Jonas Published: August 7, 2011

Australian Adam Scott earned his eighth career PGA Tour victory Sunday by shooting a 17-under performance at the World Golf Championship Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club.

Scott led from start to finish. He shot 8-under on Thursday and remained atop the leader board at 8-under following Friday and picked up four more strokes on Saturday.

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Caddy Steve Williams gets the praise, rips Tiger

By Jonas Published: August 7, 2011

The chant was undeniable.

“Ste-vie Williams!”

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Nine holes left. Still wide open

By Jonas Published: August 7, 2011

Everyone has now played nine holes of golf here during the championship round of the Bridgestone Invitational Tournament.

And it’s still anyone’s to win.

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Morning update: Best is yet to come

By Jonas Published: August 7, 2011

The championship round officially teed off at 7:50 a.m. this morning, but the real action is yet to arrive.

Leaders Adam Scott (-12) and Ryo Ishikawa(-11) tee off at 2 p.m.

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Phil Mickelson mentoring some of golf’s young stars

By jim Published: August 7, 2011

Back in the day when he was the cool guy with the turned-up collar, who would have dreamed Phil Mickelson would become a mother hen?

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Mickelson mentoring some of golf’s young stars

By jim Published: August 6, 2011

Back in the day when he was the cool guy with the turned-up collar, who would have dreamed Phil Mickelson would become a mother hen?

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Adam Scott back on top at diverse Bridgestone

By jim Published: August 6, 2011

After all, this is a World Golf Championships event.

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Donald thrives when no one is watching

By jim Published: August 6, 2011

On a day when Tiger Woods was on the course, Rory McIlroy’s popularity is booming and a Japanese sensation burst onto the scene, the world’s top-ranked player shot 6 under Saturday to move into contention for a Bridgestone Invitational championship.

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Bridgestone Invitational schedule

By jim Published: August 6, 2011

Bridgestone notebook: Day plans to just play his game

By jim Published: August 6, 2011

Jason Day wants to avoid being his own worst enemy today during the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational.

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Japanese star Ishikawa making an impression at Firestone

By jim Published: August 6, 2011

He first captured Japan’s attention four years ago. Now he is quite possibly its biggest star.

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Adam Scott alone at top, barely

By Jonas Published: August 6, 2011

If anyone was looking for day-three separation Saturday, think again.

The Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club,  could still be won by any of about 15 competitors, although Adam Scott is still doing his best to control this thing from beginning to end.

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Midday report: A lot of golfers within reach

By Jonas Published: August 6, 2011

For the second day in a row, no one is alone at the top.

Ryo Ishikawa, Fredrik Jacobson, Martin Laird and Keegan Bradley are all at 10-under. Ishikawa is shooting 5-under today.

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Tiger, Phil missing the mark

By Jonas Published: August 6, 2011

Tiger Woods has been golfing since 7 a.m. this morning.

The Fairways are yet to notice.

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Wives club important to golfers’ success

By jim Published: August 6, 2011

They were college kids sitting at a bar in Orlando, Fla. She was finishing her degree in advertising, he had just graduated and relocated from blustery Champaign, Ill.

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Bridgestone Invitational notebook: Tiger Woods focuses on nothing except winning

By jim Published: August 5, 2011

Some golfers who had missed the previous 11 weeks due to injury would have already written off the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational as a tune-up for next week’s PGA Championship.

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Marla Ridenour: Volunteer’s 37-tournament journey a tribute to late husband

By jim Published: August 5, 2011

Faith Tanner grabbed a tissue on the way to the patio at Firestone Country Club and in hindsight one might not have been enough.

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Adam Scott, Rickie Fowler, Keegan Bradley, Ryan Moore at top of crowded leaderboard after two rounds at Firestone

By jim Published: August 5, 2011

Ryan Moore could qualify as an unofficial spokesman for the inordinately high number of contenders in the Bridgestone Invitational.

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Round three tee times

By Jonas Published: August 5, 2011

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.

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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.

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Four-way tie at Firestone with rain on the way

By jim Published: August 5, 2011

Ryan Moore, Rickie Fowler, Adam Scott and Jason Day are in a four-way tie for first place more than halfway through the second round at Firestone Country Club.

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The Fowler effect

By Jonas Published: August 5, 2011

The terms “golf” and “teenage heartthrob” rarely coincide with each other.

Rickie Fowler is doing his best to break down the barrier.

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Weather pushes up tee times for Saturday

By Jonas Published: August 5, 2011

Getcha’ raincoats ready!...and set your alarms earlier

Weather will play a factor in the rest of the tournament here at Firestone Country Club.

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Rickie Fowler makes his move

By Jonas Published: August 5, 2011

It’s mid-afternoon and Rickie Fowler is making his day-two move. The 20-year-old Justin Bieber look-a-like, eagled on three to pull him two strokes off leader Adam Scott. He bogeyed four and birdied five and is now in a three-way tie atop the leader board with Ryan Moore and Scott at 8 under.

Hope to have more on Fowler later on today.

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Bob Dyer: Top-ranked golfer has top-ranked local wife

By jim Published: August 5, 2011

By Bob Dyer
Beacon Journal columnist

He’s second on the Firestone leaderboard.

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First round in books: Australian Day at Bridgestone

By Ron Published: August 4, 2011

Australians ruled the day at Firestone Country Club in the first round of the Bridgestone Invitational. Adam Scott holds the lead at 8 under, including a long birdie putt on No. 17 after his tee shot landed  in the left round.

Countryman Jason Day was atop the leaderboard most of the day, finishing early with a 63, 7 under.

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Afternoon update: Tiger making move on back nine

By Ron Published: August 4, 2011

Tiger Woods was all over the course on the front nine, yet parred each hole. He has started the back nine with birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 to move to 2 under.

Jason Day is the leader after shooting a 63 earlier today, holding a 3-shot lead

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Tiger watch: All quiet

By Ron Published: August 4, 2011

You can tell that Tiger Woods is getting ready to hit the course. The media room, home to more than 300 people this week, is nearly empty.

All are about to follow Tiger around Firestone for the next five hours. He tees off in five minutes with Darren Clarke. They are starting on No. 1.

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Midday update: Day in lead at 1 p.m.

By Ron Published: August 4, 2011

About half of the field is on the course, and there is a three-way tie for the lead.

D.A. Points, Stewart Cink and Geoff Ogilvy are at 5 under.

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Morning edition: Sabbatini grabs real early lead

By Ron Published: August 4, 2011

The tournament is not an hour old yet, and Rory Sabbatinni has grabbed the real early lead at 4 under through four holes. He birdie each of the first four holes.

The weather is cool and damp, and should play into the early starters' hands.

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Major issue: Tiger loses scent on pursuit of Jack’s 18 majors

By jim Published: August 4, 2011

When Tiger Woods captured his 10th major before his 30th birthday at the 2005 British Open, the idea of him surpassing Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 seemed a question of if, not when.

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Rain doesn't dampen crowd at Firestone

By jim Published: August 3, 2011

Today's rain doesn't seem to be deterring spectators at the Bridgestone Invitational. Most in the gallery came to Firestone Country Club dressed for the worst to see the final practice rounds before Thursday's start of the $8.5 million World Golf Championships event.

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Bob Dyer: Tiger Woods spectacle never changes (with video)

By jim Published: August 3, 2011

By Bob Dyer
Beacon Journal columnist

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Inside the ropes: Media center

By Ron Published: August 3, 2011

The media center is home to the journalists who are covering Bridgestone Invitational.

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Tiger Woods seems cool, confident about return

By jim Published: August 3, 2011

By Marla Ridenour
Beacon Journal sports writer

Tiger Woods could be at a disadvantage as he jumps back into the fray at this week’s $8.5 million Bridgestone Invitational.

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Clarke thrilled to be matched with Woods

By jim Published: August 3, 2011

By Marla Ridenour
Beacon Journal sports writer

British Open champion Darren Clarke will play the first two rounds of the Bridgestone Invitational with close friend Tiger Woods, a pairing Clarke deemed “brilliant” Tuesday.

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Tee times for first round of Bridgestone Invitational

By Ron Published: August 2, 2011

Here is a link from the PGA Tour to the tee times for the first round Thursday.

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Use these tips to maneuver through construction on Arlington Road

By jim Published: August 2, 2011

GREEN: Visitors staying at area hotels for the Bridgestone Invitational World Golf Championships starting Wednesday at Firestone Country Club, or for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival in Canton that runs through Aug. 9, might experience frustrating traffic slowdowns during the widening of South Arlington Road.

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Transcript from Tiger Woods news conference

By Ron Published: August 2, 2011

Here is the Tiger Woods news conference transcript, August 2, 2011, in Akron:

LAURA HILL: Good morning. It's my pleasure to welcome Tiger Woods to the Bridgestone Invitational. Tiger, obviously you're a seven-time winner here but we haven't seen you in 12 weeks. I thought I would give you a chance to give us a little bit of an update on your game, injuries, and coming back out this week.
TIGER WOODS: Yeah, I'm ready to go. Doctors gave me the clearance to go, so here I am. Started back practicing a couple weeks ago, which was nice. I was close to playing last week, but again, docs advised that maybe I'd want to take another week of training and really start pushing it pretty hard, so I did, and I feel good now. It was the right thing to do, and here I am.

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Tiger in and out, ready to go

By Ron Published: August 2, 2011

Tiger Woods played nine holes of a practice round this morning and then took questions from the media for about 25 minutes.

He says this is the best he has felt in years. He will have longtime friend Byron Bell as his caddie this week.

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Tiger in the morning

By Ron Published: August 1, 2011

The PGA Tour has announced that Tiger Woods will speak to the media at 10 a.m. Tuesday from Firestone Country Club. I will be there and will Tweet what he has to say @RonLedgard. Marla Ridenour and Bob Dyer will also be there for coverage for Ohio.com and the Beacon Journal.

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Keegan Bradley shares bond with Hall of Fame aunt

By jim Published: August 1, 2011

By Marla Ridenour
Beacon Journal sports columnist

Pat Bradley might wonder if it was coincidence or fate that her nephew Keegan was born in 1986, the year she made LPGA history.

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