Players to Watch in the WGC Bridgestone Invitational

May JohnsonAug 05, 2018

Akron, OH-Tiger Woods is ready to tee it up this week on a course he's had unparalleled success.

"It's always been one of my favorite golf courses on the entire tour and it's unfortunate it is leaving".

It's one thing to watch the television coverage of a golf tournament, with its tracer technology and dozens of camera angles at every turn, but another to witness the strength, accuracy and fortitude of the PGA Tour's players in person.

Woods, who qualified for the World Golf Championship event by moving into the top 50 in the world two weeks ago, came one hole away from playing without a bogey for the first time since the final day of the 2015 Greenbrier Classic. "I use it as a week to try and work on my game and if I get myself into contention, then that's just a bonus", said McIlroy.

Woods went out early on Thursday and began his round on the back nine.

The PGA Tour confirmed Tuesday that Woods committed to play in the first two events of the FedExCup playoffs at the end of August, the first time he will do so since 2013, and will very likely qualify for the third. I know it has to move and go forward but one of the reasons I tried so hard to get into this event is because it does mean something special to me.

Tiger loves this golf course and has been playing great as of late, but the only concern I have with picking Tiger is that he's going to have to hit his driver well.

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England's Justin Rose is also likely to be in contention, despite never having won the event.

Woods said he took a Switzerland vacation with friends and family the following week before returning to prepare for the Bridgestone.

"You can't find this golf course any easier than we had it today, " said Rory McIlroy, who shot 65.

But the 35-year-old Italian arrives with new confidence after his triumph at Carnoustie, a major breakthrough that followed on the heels of a dominant victory at the Quicken Loans National and a tie for second at the John Deere Classic.

Cape Town - Francesco Molinari celebrated his Open Championship victory by sharing the Claret Jug with those who he says believed he was capable of becoming a Major champion long before he did.

Woods is playing the opening rounds of this tournament with a two-time victor this season, Jason Day.

When asked in his role as vice captain how he would assess himself as a player being picked for the team, Woods said: "What would be the word?".

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