Tiger Woods is back at Firestone Country Club for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational for the first time in four years and had one of his best first rounds to date.
Woods started his day off on a roll and continued it through much of the afternoon recording a 4-under 66 to place him tied for eighth, three strokes back of current leader Kyle Stanley. He was on fire from the tee box starting out going eight for eight on fairways to open the round. His tee game left him a bit on the front nine but he still managed to secure five birdies on the day and nearly completed the round without a single bogey until Firestone Country Club’s tough Hole 9 got him at the end.
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“I putted well today, I really did.”
Fairways Hit: 7/14 pic.twitter.com/mHU6jQt2dl
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 2, 2018
“I’ve always been a fan of this golf course since first playing here in 1997,” Woods told reporters Wednesday . “I’m excited to be back. I haven’t played here in a few years. It certainly wasn’t easy to get into this event, I’ve had to play well this year.”
Woods comes into the tournament fresh off of a near victory at the British Open, where he tied for sixth at 5-under, just three strokes back of the winner, Francesco Molinari. Woods has eight career victories at Firestone Country Club with his last win coming in 2013. He also set the course record at 21-under back in 2000. His finish at the British Open helped vault him up the Official World Golf Ranking , where he now sits at No. 50.
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Follow along with SN’s live scoring and highlights from Tiger’s second round at the the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
Tiger Woods’ score: Round 2
|Hole (Par)||Tiger’s score (Overall)||Place|
|1 (4)||5 (3 under)||T-23|
|2 (5)||4 (4 under)||T-22|
|3 (4)||3 (5 under)||T-13|
|4 (4)||4 (5 under)||T-14|
|5 (3)||2 (6 under)||T-7|
|6 (4)||4 (6 under)||T-8|
|7 (3)||3 (6 under)||T-8|
HOLE 8: Par 4, 482 yards
First putt: Recovers nicely and pitches it about four feet out.
Approach: Hits it hard out the trees and goes just long of the green, narrowly missing the left side bunker.
Tee shot: Tiger drills it way, way right off the tee.
HOLE 7: Par 3, 219 yards
Second putt: PAR
First putt: He can’t quite get it to go as it slides just past the right edge.
Tee shot: Iron shot is safely onto the green, short about 30 feet from the hole.
HOLE 6: Par 4, 469 yards
Second putt: PAR
First putt: Just misses short by about a foot for birdie.
Approach: Another solid approach gets onto the green and long of the hole by about 25 feet.
Tee shot: He pulls the driver left into the rough but has a good angle ahead.
HOLE 5: Par 3, 200 yards
First putt: He does it again. Nails the putt and walks it in for another BIRDIE.
Tee shot: He wasn’t too happy with it initially but it ends up dropping on the green for a 12-foot try for birdie.
HOLE 4: Par 4, 471 yards
Second putt: Gets it to go for PAR.
First putt: Not the best contact on it and the putt comes up short by a few feet.
Approach: The approach finds the green and should give him about 35 feet for another birdie try.
Tee shot: He goes driver down the right side into some deep rough and it takes a huge hop to get there.
HOLE 3: Par 4, 442 yards
First putt: Nails it. Another BIRDIE for Tiger.
Approach: A great shot gets short of the hile but under 10 feet for a potential birdie.
Tee shot: Iron again here and it finds the right side of the fairway about 300 yards down.
No pars on the card thru 3.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 3, 2018
HOLE 2: Par 5, 526 yards
Second putt: Answers back with a BIRDIE on Hole 2.
First putt: Not quite far enough on the eagle putt but gets it to about three feet for birdie.
Approach: Knocks the long iron shot onto the green about pin high to the left. It’ll be a long eagle putt but a good chance for birdie.
Tee shot: He goes driver at the long par 5 and catches the right edge of the fairway, 290 yards down.
HOLE 1: Par 4, 399 yards
Second putt: He starts the day off with a BOGEY.
First putt: Misses the putt to the left by about a foot.
Approach: A great approach there with the wedge gets him about eight feet from the hole for a potential par save.
Second shot: He falls back into the bunker and left it about 60 yards short of the green onto the fairway but makes the most of a really tough lie.
Tee shot: Tiger starts the day with an iron off of Hole 1 and it goes into the left rough, just above the left fairway bunker.