August 4 2011
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
Prior to this week, D.A. Points had never played in the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.
”I've watched it on TV,” Points said. “But it's kind of more of just I watch it and don't really soak it in as much as I should. It's a great golf course, it's just straight in front of you. The conditions are great.”
Points took advantage of those conditions, shooting a 4-under 66 Thursday to sit near the top of the leaderboard in what he called a “scrappy” round.
Even though Points made seven birdies, he also made two bogeys -- one of which included a three-putt on the 18th hole -- and hit 57 percent of his fairways and 56 percent of his greens in regulation. That’s what he was referring to in terms of scrappy.
That said, Firestone seems to fit Points’ eye and he wasn’t terribly surprised he fared well in the opening round.
”It's good for me because I generally drive it pretty straight, and this is a course you need to drive it straight,” Points said. “It's pretty long, so the soft conditions isn't really helping my length of approach shots, but it is helping me keep it in the fairway when I make a good swing at it, and that makes it easier.
“I'm pleased with everything except for the stupid three-putt on the last hole. I just was unsure about the way the last putt was going to go, and I just didn't make a good stroke. But other than that, I'm on the right track.”