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August 3 2013

11:49 AM

Wood excited to play with Woods

Chris Wood won his first European Tour event earlier this year.

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

AKRON, Ohio -- The TV and radio announcers will be challenged today with Tiger Woods and Chris Wood in today's final pairing along with Keegan Bradley.

Woods is 13 under and leads the other two by seven strokes after two rounds of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. He tied the Firestone Country Club course record -- for the second time -- on Friday when he shot 61.

The 25-year-old Wood is playing with Woods for the first time. Bradley, on the other hand, has played with Woods five times previously, most recently on Thursday and Friday at the Memorial Tournament -- and they're paired together in the first two rounds of next week's PGA Championship.

Wood, as might be expected, is excited to play with the world No. 1. The three tee off at 1:10 p.m. ET.

"He's up here as high as you can get in my book as far as what he's achieved is just phenomenal," the Englishman saiid. "Like I said, he's been my golfing hero since I was 10, when I started the game, really.  To be out with the world No. 1, Tiger Woods, is going to take a bit of getting used to, I think."

Wood wasn't surprised by Woods' 61. The two hit balls next to each other on the range Friday and Wood said Woods "looked really impressive, totally in control. It's going to be a real challenge for me (Saturday)."

An opportunity, as well.

"But I've got to forget about all that sort of thing," Wood said. "As hard as it's going to be, I've just got to try and play my game and enjoy the experience because I never got to meet Seve, which I would have loved to have done, and to play with Tiger ... in a final group in a big event is pretty special. I won't forget it." 
 

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