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August 4 2013

7:43 PM

Bridgestone: Round 4 notes

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.

• Tiger Woods recorded one three-putt during his victory at this week’s World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. It’s the 11th time in Woods' Bridgestone career that he has recorded one or fewer three-putts during the tournament. The 11 times ties the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard for the most times Woods has recorded one or fewer three-putts at one event.

In a related note, this week was the eighth time Woods has won the Bridgestone, tying the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard for the most wins at one event.

• Woods finished the week at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational hitting his approach shots to an average distance of 25 feet, 8 inches to the pin. It’s Woods best showing in this category in the SHOTLink era at this tournament. The last player to hit their approach shots this close or better to the pin at the Bridgestone was Jeff Overton in 2010, who averaged 25 feet, 1 inch.

• Woods won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational this week by seven shots, jumping out to a big lead after carding a 61 in Friday’s second round.  Woods didn’t give anyone a chance to get back into the event on the weekend, recording just four holes over par and quickly bouncing back on two of those to keep the distance between him and the rest of the field. The 50 percent bounce back rate on the weekend is his best showing in this category on the weekend since the 2008 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard, when he also bounced back successfully on 2 of 4 holes en route to a first-place finish.

• This week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational was the 31st tournament where both Woods and Rory McIlroy each played the entire tournament. Woods got the better of McIlroy this week, carding better scores in each round en route to an easy victory. It’s the second time Woods has been able to achieve this, with the other occurrence coming at the 2009 Masters. McIlroy has turned the trick on Woods once. Ironically occurring at the Bridgestone back in 2010 when McIlroy recoded a top-10 finish and Woods finished 78th, the worst of his Bridgestone career.

In contrast, Woods and Phil Mickelson have played an entire tournament 177 times together, including this week. Woods has recorded better scores than Mickelson in each round 18 times. Mickelson has done it once to Woods at the 2001 PGA Championship.

• During this week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Firestone’s par-5, 526-yard second hole surrendered 12 eagles. It’s the second consecutive year that players have carded 12 eagles on Firestone’s second hole. The 12 is the second most ever at the Bridgestone.  The most eagles ever record on Firestone’s second hole during a Bridgestone Invitational came in 2003 when the players carded an amazing 22 in all.

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