AKRON, Ohio -- A win at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational would be the fifth of the 2013 season for Tiger Woods, as well as the 79th of his career and his 18th in the global series.
Not to mention make Woods, who takes a seven-stroke lead into the final round at Firestoine, the favorite to finally snap that major championship victory drought of more than five years at next week's PGA Championship.
A win at the Bridgestone Invitational would be Woods' 20th victory in his final start before a major -- and the fourth that came in the preceeding week. But that doesn't always mean success at the upcoming major, Tiger has only won four of golf's crown jewels after winning in his previous start and only once when that win has come the previous week.
Here are Woods’ victories his final start before a major and his finish at that major:
1997: Western Open (1), The Open (T24)
1999: Memorial (1), U.S. Open (T3)
1999: Western Open (1), the Open Championship (T7)
2000: Memorial (1), U.S. Open (1)
2001: THE PLAYERS (1), The Masters (1)
2001: Memorial (1), U.S. Open (T12)
2002: U.S. Open (1), The Open (T28)
2002: * Buick Open (1), PGA Championship (2)
2003: Western Open (1), The Open (T4)
2006: Buick Open (1), PGA Championship (1)
2007: WGC-CA Championship (1),The Masters (T2)
2007: * WGC-Bridgestone (1), PGA Championship (1)
2009: Arnold Palmer Invitational (1), The Masters (T6)
2009: Memorial (1), U.S. Open (T6)
2009: AT&T National (1), The Open (MC)
2009: * WGC-Bridgestone (1), PGA Championship (2)
2012: Arnold Palmer Invitatoinal (1), The Masters (T40)
2012: Memorial (1), U.S. Open (T21)
2013: Arnold Palmer Invitational (1), The Masters (T4)
2013: * WGC-Bridgestone Invitational (TBD), PGA Championship (TBD)
* week prior
AKRON, Ohio -- Judging by the early results, Firestone is being somewhat generous on Sunday during the final round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.
And if anyone on the upper echelon of the leaderboard has any hopes of catching Tiger Woods, who starts the final round leading by seven strokes, they'll need to set the tone early like Boo Weekley tried to do when he made birdie on five of his first seven holes.
Weekley couldn't keep the pace up, though, making bogey at the ninth hole to turn in 21. He's made another bogey at the 12th and is now back down to even for the tournament.
The second hole has been the easiest this week -- yielding 12 eagles and 123 birdies. On Sunday, those numbers are five eagles and 30 birdies to the first 57 players to have played the 526-yard par 5.
The first three holes on the back nine also appear gettable with No. 10 playing as the 16th easiest on Sunday, No. 11 as the 12th and No. 12 as the 17th.
AKRON, Ohio -- While Tiger Woods stalks what would be his 18th World Golf Championships victory at the Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday, other players competing at Firestone will have their eyes on the FedExCup standings that the world No. 1 also happens to lead.
Only the top 125 in the standings at the end of the Wyndham Championship are eligible to start the four-week FedExCup Playoffs series that culminates with the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola where someone will win the $10 million bonus. Players are eliminated each week -- trimming the field from 125 to 100 to 70 to 30 -- so the more points earned, the better.
In addition to the Bridgestone Invitational and the Reno-Tahoe Open played opposite it, players can also accrue points at next week's PGA Championship and Wyndham Championship in hopes of becoming eligible for the Playoffs. Nicolas Colsaerts, who starts the final round at Firestone tied for 49th, is the current bubble boy at No. 125.
Here are some players competing Sunday who are on the outside looking in -- No. 131 Martin Kaymer, who is tied for 17th; No. 135 Tommy Gainey, who is solo 69th; and No. 140 Peter Hanson, who is tied for 28th.
Fred Albers and Mark Carnevale from PGA TOUR Radio on PGATOUR.COM and SiriusXM discuss Tiger Woods' chances of victory at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.
AKRON, Ohio -- You couldn't ask for a better day to play golf than the one that has greeted players competing in the final round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.
The skies are partly cloudy and the temperatures Sunday make it feel like fall has arrived early. The high is expected to top out a mere 72 degrees and the winds will be in the 10-15 mph range.
Amanda Balionis and Doug Bell with PGA TOUR Radio on PGATOUR.COM and SiriusXM preview Round 4 of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and Reno-Tahoe Open.
AKRON, Ohio -- Tiger Woods didn't extend his lead on Saturday at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.
But his round of 68 still enabled the world No. 1 to keep the margin at seven strokes, which is even more formidable now that the competition has been trimmed to a final 18 holes.
Woods has played 54 holes at Firestone Country Club, where he's already won seven times, in 15 under. Henrik Stenson is alone in second at 8 under after Saturday's 67 while Jason Dufner is another stroke behind after bogeying the 18th hole for the same score.
Luke Donald, Bill Haas and Chris Wood are tied at 6 under while Miguel Angel Jimenez rode the day's low roound of 65 into a tie with Keegan Bradley at 5 under.
Phil Mickelson, who won The Open Championship in his last start, broke par for the first time this week with a 67 to get to even for the tournament while Rory McIlroy's 69 left him tied at the same number.
Tiger Woods hits his 146-yard approach shot to 8 feet on the par-4 17th hole and sinks the putt for birdie during the third round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.