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Bridgestone update: Sergio Garcia holds 3 shot leading going into Sunday

By Ron Ledgard Published: August 2, 2014

Sergio Garcia, who shot a course-record 61 on Friday, held on to the lead after the third round of the Bridgestone Invitational on Saturday at Firestone Country Club.

Garcia shot a 67 and is 14 under for the tournament.

There was a 3-plus hour rain delay at the course that went from 12:43 p.m. until 4 p.m. The final group of Garcia, Marc Leishman and Justin Rose had three holes remaining when the horn blew due to rain and thunder.

Garcia parred that the final three holes.

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Bridgestone Invitational: Sergio Garcia equals course record with 61

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 1, 2014

Sergio Garcia birdied seven consecutive holes coming home and eight of nine on the back nine to match the South Course record of 61 Friday in the second round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club.

Garcia holed 11 consecutive one-putts during his birdie binge and needed 23 putts for the round.

Tiger Woods shot 61 twice, in 2000 and 2013, along with Jose Maria Olazabal in 1990.

Garcia shot 27 on the back nine. With a total of 11-under par, Garcia leads Justin Rose by three shots going into Saturday's third round.

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Bridgestone Invitational: Saturday tee times moved up due to forecast

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 1, 2014

With thunderstorms forecast for Saturday, tee times for the third round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club have been moved up.

Players will go off holes 1 and 10 in threesomes between 7 and 9 a.m.

The weather forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms beginning at 10 a.m. and increasing throughout the day.


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Report: PGA Tour suspends Dustin Johnson for positive cocaine test; tour issues statement

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 1, 2014

Dustin Johnson's leave of absence from the PGA Tour annouced by his agency Thursday is because of a six-month suspension levied by the tour after he tested positive for cocaine, reported Friday.

According to a source, Johnson failed three drug tests – for marijuana in 2009 and two for cocaine in 2012 and this year. The web site said Johnson was suspended in 2012, but the penalty was never made public.

The tour has a policy in regards to drug testing, but is not required to announce discipline against players found to have used recreational drugs.

The PGA Tour disputed's report with a statement on Friday from executive vice president Ty Votaw. Votaw said Johnson stepped away voluntarily.

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Bridgestone update: Justin Rose in lead, Tiger Woods struggles

By Ron Ledgard Published: August 1, 2014

Justin Rose shot a 67 today to take the second-round lead at the Bridgestone Invitational at 8 under.

Rose bogeyed No. 14 after starting his round on No. 10. After that, he birdied Nos. 15, 18 and then 1 and 5.

Marc Leishman, the first-round leader, was all over the place during his second round. Through his first 9 holes, he had three bogeys and three birdies. He finished the back nine with one birdie. He shot a 69, putting him 1 back of Rose.

Charl Schwartzel is 2 under through 14 holes and is at 7 under.

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Bridgestone Invitational second-round tee times

By Ron Ledgard Published: August 1, 2014

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 

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Bridgestone Invitational: Marc Leishman leads after first round with a 64

By Michael Beaven Published: July 31, 2014

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.

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Bridgestone Invitational: Dustin Johnson takes leave of absence from PGA Tour

By Marla Ridenour Published: July 31, 2014

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 “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.

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Bridgestone update: Marc Leishman in lead at 6 under

By Ron Ledgard Published: July 31, 2014

Marc Leishman leads the Bridgestone Invitational at 6 under after shooting a 64 Thursday at Firestone Country Club. His round included 8 birdies and 2 bogeys.

Justin Rose, Ryan Moore and Charl Schwartzel are in second place after shooting 65s.

Tiger Woods missed two short putts to start his round with a bogey on No. 1. He followed that up with his tee shot on No. 2 going to the left but recovered to birdie the hole.

He finished his up-and-down round at 2 under, 4 shots off the lead. Woods had six birdies, 2 bogeys and a double bogey.

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