Tiger Woods says it's 'sad' to see WGC-Bridgestone Invitational leaving Akron

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   New Zealand's Danny Lee is a step closer to retaining his PGA Tour card after a season's best performance in the Canadian Open

Vaughn Ridley New Zealand's Danny Lee is a step closer to retaining his PGA Tour card after a season's best performance in the Canadian Open

Woods has won eight times at Firestone, perhaps making him the King of Akron instead of that other guy.

After a family holiday in the Swiss Alps, Tiger Woods returns to competition seeking to climb to the summit of a ninth victory in what will this week be the last staging of the WGC - Bridgestone Invitational. "It's pretty unbelievable the career he has at this golf course alone, let alone his entire career". The Irishman gets his place via a category 4 exemption: Tournament winners since the 2017 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational with an Official World Golf Ranking Strength of Field Rating of 115 points or more.

"I went from just hoping to be able to play the Tour to know that I feel like I can, I certainly can win again".

‘Special to me:’ Tiger Woods reflects on last Bridgestone Invitational in Akron

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

"It's managing my practice sessions, " said Woods, who is in the midst of a stretch where he will play five tournaments in six weeks.

The birdie putt pulled up inches short and Woods finally paid for some wayward driving when he was unable to scramble par on his final hole after finding a fairway bunker off the tee. That part I was very positive about but I made a couple of mistakes there at 11 and 12 that ended up costing me the chance of winning the tournament. Add up the consistency over the last four weeks and the way Woods played on Thursday and you've got some strong evidence that Woods is going to win sometime soon.

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"I'm always mad when I don't win".

"He's not too far away from going on a pretty big tear here, " said Day, who finished one shot ahead of Woods with a 65 at Firestone Country Club.

"I play 36 holes all the time at home", he said. Lahiri is trying to get back to top-50, while Sharma is trying to gain a PGA Tour card. "Hopefully, this will be a week that I can catch the magic again and play well".

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"As I said, it was going to sting for a while, and it certainly does because I had a great chance at it", Woods said. But then again, I have to manage this as quite a bit of golf I'm going to ask my body to go through at tournament speed for basically the next nearly two months.

Even though he's still looking for his first win since 2013, Woods has been a regular contender on tour this year, including top-10 finishes in his past two events - the Quicken Loans National and British Open.

"I started out the new season and I really haven't played that well", Matsuyama said Tuesday.

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