Published: Sun, August 05, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

What Tiger Woods said after opening 66 at WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

What Tiger Woods said after opening 66 at WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

This time, it will take place on a public course, where Woods won the 2002 U.S. Open, that flaunts its challenging nature with a noticeable sign that reads: "WARNING - The Black Course Is An Extremely Difficult Course Which We Recommend Only For Highly Skilled Golfers". "I've never been in this position before, and so I'll have to get on my game and play well these last couple of weeks". The company next year sponsors the Senior Players Championship at Firestone, while the WGC event moves to Memphis, Tennessee.

"I remember playing here before it was even the World Golf Championships, the World Series of Golf so, it's always been one of my favourite golf courses on the entire Tour and it's unfortunate that it is leaving".

However, he wasn't the only big name to go low in Round 1 of the no-cut event that features the top players in the world.

The Northern Irishman tasted victory at this event in 2014 in between winning The Open at Royal Liverpool and the US PGA Championship at Valhalla, and with the tournament set to move on from OH next year McIlroy, who finished in a tie for second at The Open two weeks ago, is keen to put in another strong performance this week. "It's one of the few tournaments that is kind of a small-town atmosphere", Woods said.

Woods lamented his only bogey of the day at his last hole, the ninth, where he missed the fairway off the tee and found a bunker. The Firestone Country Club (South) is a 7,400-yard par 70, which has been a signature stop on the PGA Tour for five decades and the last of the original WGC venues. He has not been eligible for a WGC until he slipped into the top 50 in the world with his tie for sixth two weeks ago at The Open. "I just couldn't quite get a feel for it".

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"There are just courses that fit your eye better than some others", Rory McIlroy said.

He is in a group with recent Open champion Francesco Molinari of Italy. 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.

Woods will contest the opening round in the company of Australia's Jason Day. But I do have to say that when I saw him hit driver, with the exception of one or two holes, he was hitting it well and left me wondering why he wasn't hitting it more.

When asked in his role as vice captain how he would assess himself as a player being picked for the team, Woods said: "What would be the word?". If it does, imagine how high expectations will be for Woods at next week's PGA Championship.

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