Tiger Woods shoots 73 to close WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

Tiger Woods shoots 73 to close WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

Unfortunately for Woods, he was doing that while the leaders of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational were just making their way to the back nine, the eight-time champion of the tournament well out of contention.

"It was very similar to the first day, " Woods said. "So tomorrow is going to be one of those days I'm going to have to go out there and post a low one and see what happens".

The most recent sports headlines delivered to your inbox every morning. "I was putting it in position where I should have been giving myself birdie chances and I was having to hole five-and six-footers for par".

His last nine holes saw two double bogeys, three bogeys, three birdies and just one par.

Day crept to 12-under after three straight birdies from the 10th hole, only to drop five shots in the next five holes and shoot 73.

Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy have become friends more by location than youth. It all added up to a 6-under 64 for a share of the lead at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

"I'm glad I finally played well around here, just in time for it to leave", said Thomas.

The trio made the most of ideal morning scoring conditions, finishing the second round on 11-under 129, two strokes in front of American Kyle Stanley, who carded a 68 and Australian Jason Day, who produced a four-under 66 in the afternoon.

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Leishman a shot back from Day. She won by two shots from Pornanong (70). Though any struggling hasn't been apparent, yet.

McIlroy's frustrating 73 left him in a tie for sixth, while Poulter signed off with a 74 to close on seven under alongside Jason Day, who got to within two of the lead until suffering a huge collapse on the inward half. According to Titleist tour rep JJ VanWezenbeeck, a fitting session with Thomas prior to the Players in May showed the 9.5-degree TS3 gave the reigning PGA champ better ball speeds along with a desirable launch-to-spin ratio. "Today I didn't drive it quite as well, didn't putt quite as good as I wanted to".

Adam Scott's 74 left the 2011 victor at four over and tied for 57th.

The South Korean, who has three top-10 British Open finishes, said: "Winning this tournament has always been my goal for the year".

Two-time major champion Park Sung-hyun (69) was a further shot back with Mamiko Higa (71) and Minjee Lee (71). He joined Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson as three-time winners this season.

From 212 yards on No. 18, he missed shooting 59 by inches. I hit a few pulls this week, also hit a few blocks.

"It's been hard, too, " Thomas said of trying to temper expectations.

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