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Bridgestone Invitational Golf Tournament

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.

Luke Donald, Jason Day and Martin Laird are all nipping at the lead at 9-under. (Donald’s day is done with a 6-under performance featuring seven birdies.)

Right now, the board shows 21 guys who are within six strokes of the lead.

GALLERY COMMENT OF THE DAY (THUS FAR), TIGER EDITION:

“He’s only 11 strokes back,” an optimistic Tiger Woods fan said to a friend along the 17th fairway as I walked past with a group of reporters. The fan must have looked past the fact Woods only had 20 more holes to play in the tournament to make up the deficit.

Through Tiger’s first 54 holes he is 1-over for the tournament.

SCORING HOLE

No.2 was an obvious place for scorers Saturday. Of the 22 competitors on the leader board there were 11 Birdies and an eagle. Jason Day had the Eagle.

LONGEST DRIVE

Bubba Watson wasn’t messing around on 16. He got to the green with two strokes.

First it was a 415-yard blast to the middle of the fairway.

He then hit a 243 yard approach shot on the green.

Although he missed a 17-footer for Eagle, it was still an impressive performance. He finished with a birdie putt.

Watson ranks second in driving distance (313.1) on the course behind J.B. Holmes (318.5).

TAKING THE PHONE PROTOCOL SERIOUSLY

Yes, cell phones are allowed this year at the tournament.

That doesn’t mean they won’t take them though if you snap a photo. I saw at least five phones confiscated for taking pictures on the course. Be smart and careful if you plan on coming out to the course tomorrow with your phone.

I haven’t taken any photos for obvious reasons, but I have sent out a lot of Tweets from inside the ropes. You can follow me on Twitter @JonasFortune

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