Written By: Colin Murray
August 4, 2013
World Golf Championships: Bridgestone Invitational
Tiger Woods (-15) cruises to a seven shot victory and 8th WGC Bridgestone Invitational title
The golf world was set abuzz on Friday afternoon as word spread of some possible greatness by Tiger. The score “59” was being whispered as people wondered if he’d be able to reach the magical mark, which has only been done seven times in PGA Tour history. He was certainly capable, and had two putts inside ten feet that he barely missed that would’ve given him the record-tying score. However, he did tie his own record-low round, making a long putt for par on 18 to save 61.
That incredible round set him up for the rest of the weekend, as he was never challenged by anyone else in the field and was able to maintain leads of up to nine strokes and no less than six despite only finishing (-2) for the final 36 holes.
The win, his eighth at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational, matches Sam Snead’s and his own record for winning the same event eight times. Snead’s was the Greater Greensboro Open; Tiger’s other is at Bay Hill Invitational, Arnold Palmer’s tournament.
A unique moment for Tiger on Sunday was that his four-year-old son Charlie was able to witness his daddy win a tournament for the first time. CBS showed Tiger scoop up his son after making the final putt and carrying him off to the scoring tent to finalize his round and win. Of course, Charlie matched his father’s typical Sunday wear by donning a red Nike shirt. Tiger smiled happily with Charlie in his arms and admitted it was a special moment for him.
Defending champion Keegan Bradley (-8) finished tied for second with Henrik Stenson, who was in the final pairing with Tiger. Jason Dufner, Miguel Angel Jimenez, and Zach Johnson all finished tied for fourth at six-under.
Next up for the field is this week’s PGA Championship, where many would believe after his performance at the Bridgestone that Tiger will be the overall favorite. He does have precedence; three times he has won the Bridgestone than gone on to win the PGA Championship. However, his recent performance in majors will cast some doubt on those expectations, and the ever-growing toughness of his competition makes picking the field a more likely bet.
Other Notable Finishes:
T2. Keegan Bradley (-8)
T2. Henrik Stenson
T4. Zach Johnson (-6)
T4. Jason Dufner (-6)
T4. Miguel Angel Jimenez (-6)
T7. Bill Haas (-5)
T9. Martin Kaymer (-4)
T9. Jim Furyk (-4)
T9. Luke Donald (-4)
- Tiger won his 18th WGC title in 42 events
- He now has won at least five PGA Tour events in a season ten different times
- The win was Woods’ 79th in his career, only 3 back from Snead’s all-time record
- Tiger is more than ten years younger than Snead was when he won his final event
- Tiger has now shot his career-low 61 four times, including one other time at Firestone
- Woods has 13 career wins in Ohio – 8 at Firestone, 5 at the Memorial
Next Event: PGA Championship, Oak Hill Country Club, Rochester, NY; August 8 – 11
LPGA: Ricoh Women’s British Open
Stacey Lewis (-8) captures second major; Inbee Park finishes +6/T42
Inbee Park had all the headlines coming into the RICOH Women’s British Open, the LPGA’s third major of the year, as she had dominated the first three majors and was seeking to become the first female golfer to complete the Grand Slam. Alas, it was not meant to be, as after an opening 69 (including being 6-under through the first ten holes), she struggled to make birdies and pars to keep up with the field for the rest of the weekend.
In the end, it was the #2 ranked player in the world – Stacey Lewis – who made clutch birdies on the final two holes to secure a two-shot victory and her second major of her career. Lewis’ victory snapped a streak of 10-straight major wins for Asian-born players. The last American to win a major? Stacey Lewis, when she won the 2011 Kraft Nabisco Championship.
The final round started early for all players, as most players squeezed in a full 36-holes because of a wind delay on Saturday, with gusts peaking at about to 40mph.
Na Yeon Choi had a three-shot lead with six holes to go, but back-to-back bogeys on 13 and 14, timed with Lewis’ birdie on 17, accounted for the final lead change.
With the win, Lewis finished atop the U.S. points race in the Solheim Cup, the biennial team event which will be played in two weeks at Colorado Golf Club in Parker, CO.
Top Photos of the Week: http://www.golfchannel.com/news/grill-room/photos-of-the-week-august-4-2013/
Top Quotes of the Week: http://www.golfchannel.com/news/grill-room/quotes-of-the-week-august-4-2013/
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