Tiger Woods returns to Akron for final Bridgestone Invitational tournament

Justin GreeneAug 05, 2018

"I've had an opportunity to win a couple of times this year; my game's gotten better and good enough where I feel like I can win again out here on Tour".

This year is the last time the golf course in Akron will host the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, a tournament that's brought Tiger Woods so much success over the last decade. "I've beeen here almost 20 years, and I've just thoroughly enjoyed it", Woods said after his opening round. 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. They probably believed already, before the recent results, they believed in me more than I ever did. He's won here as many times as I've won everywhere in my career.

"Let's just get the Tiger questions out of the way here, " he joked.

"I made some tweaks and some changes in my game and it paid off", Woods said.

Ticket sales spiked when it was disclosed after the British Open that Woods reached No. 50 and would be back at Firestone.

Rose, who was due to play alongside Ryder Cup teammate Henrik Stenson over the first two rounds, has not yet confirmed whether he will be fit to play at the PGA Championship next week.

In his four years on the PGA Tour, the Japanese star has never missed the Tour Championship.

"When I go to tournaments, it's about myself now, how I perform and try to play my best", said Kiradech.

"I'm starting to drive the ball really well and there are a few tee shots out here if you can carry it over 300 yards it's a big advantage on the rest of the field". He also has eight at Torrey Pines and Bay Hill.

"When you go out on the course and you're playing with some of the best players in the world, you confront yourself with them", he said.

Woods headed off to Crans-Montana after finishing sixth in the Open Championship at Carnoustie and where he had led for close to 30-minutes through 10 holes of the final round.

However, Woods then ran up a double bogey on the 11th and dropped another shot on the 12th and eventually finished three shots behind playing partner Francesco Molinari. This includes two three-peats from 1999-2001, and 2005-2007, and also his last win which took place in 2013.

"I said it was going to sting for a while and it certainly does because I had a great chance at it", Woods, whose last major title came in the 2008 US Open, said. "So he's going to be very, very comfortable here".

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