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Tiger Woods tied the course record at Firestone on Friday. The world's No. 1 player was 9 under through 14 holes but fell shy of the magical 59. Here are highlights of his round.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
AKRON, Ohio -- There aren't many things Tiger Woods hasn't accomplished in his storied career.
He's never shot 59 in competition, though --- and Woods had a golden opportunity to change that on Friday when he found himself 9 under through 14 holes at Firestone Country Club.
He only needed two birdies over his final five holes in the second round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. Instead, Woods ground out with a string of pars to tie the course record of 61, a mark that he already owned with Jose Maria Olazabal.
Not that he regretted an opportunity lost or anything.
"Am I disappointed?" Woods said. "Absolutely not, nope. 61 is pretty good. I'm not bummed."
Besides, the round of 9 under did give Woods a commanding lead in the tournament he is looking to win for the record eighth time. He's 13 under and seven strokes ahead of his nearest competitors, Keegan Bradley and Chris Wood, both of whom shot 68s on Friday.
Tee times for the third round have been changed due to approaching storms that are expected to last into early afternoon. Players will be sent off Nos. 1 and 10 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Woods preserved the 61 when he drained a 26-footer for par on the 18th hole after hitting his drive right into the trees and his second shot shy of the hospitality chalets beside the green. The first time Woods shot 61 at Firestone was during the second round in 2000 and he went on to win by 11 strokes.
Woods has now shot 61 four times. Since 1983 only one other player has as many rounds of 61 -- Robert Gamez.
First-round leader Webb Simpson tumbled down the leaderboard with a round of 75. He's now 1 under through 36 holes.
Rory McIlroy is 1 over after shooting 71 on Friday. Phil Mickelson, who won The Open Championship two weeks ago, is 3 over after shooting 71 in the second round.
AKRON, Ohio -- Tiger Woods fell short Friday in his bid to shoot the first 59 of his PGA TOUR career. Needing two birdies in his last five holes during the second round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, Woods settled for pars coming in to shoot a 9-under 61, tying his career low.
Woods said he wasn't feeling the pressure of trying to shoot for his first 59 on TOUR, noting that it would not have been the first 59 of his career. On April 4, 1997, while playing a practice round at his home course of Isleworth with good friend Mark O'Meara, Woods shot a 13-under 59.
"I didn't feel uncomfortable at all about being there," Woods said about Friday's record attempt. "The good news is I have shot it before ... I shot it at home back in '97, and to do that at the time at my course, you had to be 13 deep to do it. I was only 9 today at that point.
"I've been 10‑, 11‑under par before out here, so to be 9 is nothing that was uncomfortable or unusual. If I had to get to 13, it would be a different story; that's a lot. But just a couple more coming in, I had two opportunities to make a couple putts there at 15 and 17, so it certainly was an opportunity, but when you're playing a par‑70, it's certainly a lot easier. But still, 9‑under through 13 is pretty good."
In recalling his 59 back in 1997, Woods told the story of what happened the next day when he and O'Meara played another practice round.
"We played nine holes, and I was 5‑under through 9, and then parred 10 and made a hole‑in‑one at 11," Woods said. "He just drove his cart home. That's actually a better story. He didn't say a word to me."
AKRON, Ohio -- Here's a look at the actual scorecard Tiger Woods signed on Friday after tying his career low with a 9-under 61 in the second round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. Japan's Hideki Matsuyama was his playing partner.
AKRON, Ohio -- Tiger Woods had never shot a 59 at a PGA TOUR event in his legendary career, but he chasied one in Friday's second round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. When he reached the 14th hole, he was 9 under for his round and needed just to play the last five holes in 2 under. Here's a hole-by-hole loo down the stretch at the par-70 Firestone South course.
QUICK QUOTE FROM TIGER: "I was only 9‑under par, so it's not a feeling that I'm uncomfortable with. When I shot 59 (non-TOUR competition), I was 13 deep at the time, so that's well off where I was today. Nine, I've been there many times, and I've been 10 and 11 before, too. I had a long way to go, so I had, what, five holes to go, still a lot of golf to be played, and anything could have happened. It could have gone either way. I made some nice pars there."
On making the long par putt at 18: "I think making big par putts are bigger than making birdies. It keeps ‑‑ I don't know what it is, but it's that feeling of never dropping a shot. I didn't drop any shots today, and I kept the card clean. Those are nice feelings when you're able to do that, when you're able to keep a card clean like that with no bogeys.
POST-ROUND NOTES: Woods has now shot 61 four times in his career ... Woods hit 9 of 14 fairways; 13 of 18 greens in regulation and needed just 22 putts ... At 13 under for the tournament, Woods -- the seven-time Bridgestone Invitational champ -- has more than doubled the score on his nearest competitors, who are 6 under. ... Interestingly, Woods led by eight strokes in 2000 when he shot his other 61 at Firestone. He went on to win by a tournament-record 11.
Here's hole by hole coverage of Tiger's last five holes in his bid for 59
18TH HOLE (par 4) -- Tiger hits another errant drive, this time down the right side. He's in the trees. Not only does 59 impossible, but birdie looks doubtful and bogey is in play. After much deliberation with caddie Joe LaCava, Tiger decides to play around the trees on the right side. His second shot lands in a patch of dirt just shy of the hospitality tents right of the green. No 59 today. He gets relief from the chalets and likely will need to thread his ball between two trees to get to the green. He pitches out low and his ball bounds past the pin and into the fringe on the far side, 26 feet away. He rolls in the lenghty par putt for 61, tying the course record that he shares and also ties his career low.
17TH HOLE (par 4) - Tiger's drive off the tee leaves him immediately frustrated, as it bounds into the rough down the left side. He did manage to avoid the trees, though. His 9-iron from 154 yards is terrific and he gives himself an excellent birdie opportunity from 6 feet, 7 inches. Matsuyama makes his birdie putt from 7 feet. Tiger, though, can't follow. His ball drifts low and he again has to settle for par. His only chance now is to hole out with his approach shot at the final hole. But if he birdies, it will be a career low, as he's never shot 60 in his PGA TOUR career. His career low is 61 three times.
16TH HOLE (par 5) -- Tiger's drive on the 650-yard par 5 lands in the left side of the fairway after traveling 379 yards. As he contemplates his shot from 268 yards out, Golf Channel flashes the stat that Woods has played the last three holes at 2 under six times in his career. Rain is starting to fall again as Woods lays up to 89 yards with his second shot. He watches playing partner Hideki Matsuyama hit a terrific third shot that lands above the pin and spins back. But Tiger can't match that shot -- his approach is long, as his ball hits the back of the green 40 feet from the pin and only backs up about 10 feet. "First swing we've seen him react to the situation," said Golf Channel analyst Nick Faldo. Woods sends the putt toward the hole, gesturing with his left hand to encourage it to break. It doesn't and he settles for par. If he's going to shoot 59 now, he'll have to finish birdie-birdie -- which he's never done in the same round at Firestone.
15TH HOLE (par 3) -- Woods' tee shot at the 216-yard par 3 stops 9 feet short of the hole. But he left his birdie putt on the high side and had to settle for par. The missed birdie putt was the first putt he missed inside 10 feet this week. Will that come back to haunt him?
14TH HOLE (par 4) -- An errant drive left Woods in the rough down the right side. But he bailed himself out of trouble with a terrific second shot, and two-putted to save par.
By PGATOUR.COM staff
Tiger Woods posted a stellar 9-under 61 in Round 2 of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and will take the lead into the weekend at Firestone Country Club.This matches the tournament scoring record (also held by Woods) and marks his third round of 62 or better in competition at Firestone CC.
Tiger has now carded eight rounds of 62 or better in his TOUR career and won four of those events.
Check out the chart below to see a breakdown of Woods' best rounds in his storied PGA TOUR career.
|Tiger Woods' best rounds on the PGA TOUR
||2013 WGC-Bridgestone Inv.
||1999 GET Byron Nelson Classic
||2000 WGC-NEC Invitational
||2005 Buick Open
||1999 Buick Invitational
||1999 WGC-NEC Invitational
||2009 BMW Championship
||2012 The Honda Classic
|*Woods has also shot 63 on 20 occasions|