Tiger Woods chases 9th win at Firestone Country Club

Tiger Woods chases 9th win at Firestone Country Club

Tiger Woods chases 9th win at Firestone Country Club

Meanwhile Woods, who has won this event eight times, including the first three times of this event's history.

World number one Dustin Johnson of the United States will be competing on the back of his win at last week's Canadian Open and vying to repeat his triumph from 2016. Woods last played at a WGC in this very tournament in 2014 but pulled out before completing it.

During a press conference, Woods said the course is one of his favorite places to play on the Professional Golf Association tour.

This event is nearly always loaded up with superstars playing a nondescript course that nearly always delivers a big name champion.

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He hasn't been eligible to play in an WGC event since slipping outside the top-50 in the world rankings in 2015, but his climb back up the charts this year has been steady.

"I want to get the job done and take away the trophy", said the 29-year old. On the par-4 18th hole, Woods added to his highlight reel by drilling a 50-foot uphill birdie putt to move to 3-under.

Hideki Matsuyama shot 61 on the final day at Firestone a year ago to win the Bridgestone Invitational, his sixth victory worldwide in 20 starts. "It s one of the reasons why I tried so hard to get in this event, is because it does mean something special to me". "I've always had such great memories of this golf course".

Imagine walking the ropes alongside five-time major champion Phil Mickelson, marveling at how diminutive both Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler are, yet how far they can launch a golf ball, or even being able to join the massive gallery surrounding Tiger Woods.

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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. He would need to be among the top 30 to qualify for the Tour Championship, which comes after a week break and begins on September 20.

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

While the tournament will likely be remembered for the seemingly never-ending rain, I was fortunate enough to dodge the storms for Friday's second round and follow Jason Day as he birdied seven of the eight holes between No. 8 and 15.

"And now it feels like I can play with them and, you know, I don t feel intimidated in any way". He hit his first six fairways but then just one the rest of the day.

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