Tiger Woods struggles on moving day at Firestone

06 August, 2018, 02:38 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Tiger Woods is targeting a first Ryder Cup appearance as a player for six years

While he has yet to hit his stride through 36 holes, he finds himself just 5 shots back in a tie for 10th but in need of finding some giddy-up on the weekend. "We'll see how they play it".

But it will be McIlroy who will partner Thomas in the final group on Sunday, with the 29-year-old having now strung together 26 holes without a bogey.

Eight-time WGC-Bridgestone champion Tiger Woods dropped three shots after a 73 to plummet to three under. He would make just one par on the back nine to go along with three birdies, three bogeys and two double-bogeys for a four-over 40. The World Golf Championship instead will move to Memphis, Tennessee.

But Woods seemed to take the uneven performance in stride, recognizing that he is not always going to be at the top of his game and setting his attention toward this week's PGA Championship in St. Louis. He made it look easy, except for a few times he was slightly out of position, and hit perhaps his best shot with a 6-iron to a back-left pin that settled 3 feet below the cup. Woods is an eight-time victor at Firestone, which is hosting this World Golf Championship for the last time. We underrate how hard it is to present sufficient encores to elite seasons (which is what past year was), but Thomas has made it look fairly simple with maybe the most complete game on tour.

Stanley's birdie at 16 proved lucrative as he pipped Johnson and Olesen to outright second, while US Open champion Brooks Koepka fired a 67 to complete the top five, finishing six strokes adrift of Thomas. Stanley closed with a 68. He had momentum on his side, but he didn't put up another red number until he stuck his tee shot on par-3 12th to 2 feet.

McIlroy won at Bay Hill in March and has three runner-up finishes, and he had said Saturday afternoon he was exhausted of finishing second.

A nice putt on the fifth handed him a birdie on the par-three, but he would immediately give that shot back on the sixth before regaining it again at the seventh.

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Thomas becomes the 21st player to win a World Golf Championship and a major, and his three victories tie him with Johnson and Bubba Watson for most on the PGA Tour this year. This moved him to 1 over for the round. "It felt - looked faster than they were putting for me and I just struggled making that adjustment".

Woods finally got his first birdie of the day at the 12th hole to get to 5-under par for the tournament.

"I hit some good shots today, but also I didn't feel like I was in control of the golf ball today", Woods said.

"I've been hitting it fairly well and have been getting my putter going, " Oda said.

"I just feel like I really couldn't turn it around today".

This article was written by Doug Ferguson from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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