Justin Thomas surges into lead at Bridgestone


Thomas was far from his best as he played the opening 12 holes in level par and both Stanley and Jason Day eventually closed to within two shots, only to promptly bogey the next two holes.

Rory McIlroy made three straight bogeys around the turn, carded 73 and finished seven shots behind, while Ian Poulter putted uncharacteristically poorly and was never a factor after four bogeys in the first seven holes.

She birdied the third, sixth, eighth, and 11th holes, and dropped her first shot of the major on the par-3 12th, a bogey.

This will be the last WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone, as this event will be replaced in the World Golf Championships rotation by the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, which will make its debut on the PGA Tour schedule next season. And with only 71 players in the field, there is more money to go around.

"Well, today I was just trying to be as aggressive as possible and fire at everything", said Woods, whose tie for 31st was his third-worst at this tournament dating to 1999.

"We sat down and just said, what are we doing wrong?" After winning last year's Tour Championship he revealed a list that ranged from the predictable (win on Tour) to the amazingly detailed (finish the season ranked in the top 30 in scrambling).

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"I just have to work on my driver a little bit because it has been quite decent for most of the year, but this week it wasn't". "The golf course is playing very soft, very receptive, and when you're able to hit 5-irons and they only roll out about a foot, the guys are going to put up good scores". "I'm really putting well", the 42-year-old American told Golf Channel. "I played well enough to do that but didn't make many putts". I said, I don't know why, or its really been that long or what, but I'm nervous today.

"I have putted pretty much with the same putter all year".

Thomas was impressive off the tee in carding a six-under 64 while Poulter, who held a one-shot lead after his first-round 62, signed for a 67.

Spieth was gunning for the career Grand Slam and Thomas was. well, searching for his first major championship, which came with a final-round 68, as he overtook a few of the game's other young stars in the process at Quail Hollow.

"It was very honest", Johnson said of Tuesday's team meeting.

"Oh, man, I'm going to miss this place, " he said. According to Titleist tour rep JJ VanWezenbeeck, a fitting session with Thomas prior to the Players in May showed the 9.5-degree TS3 gave the reigning PGA champ better ball speeds along with a desirable launch-to-spin ratio.