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Rose pulls out of WGC-Bridgestone

Rose pulls out of WGC-Bridgestone

Woods, an eight-time victor at Firestone, took the advantage at the hard par-4 18th hole (his ninth) when he drained a 50-foot monster birdie putt to climb to three-under-par and three shots back of Stanley.

"I remember playing here before it was even the World Golf Championships, the World Series of Golf so, it's always been one of my favourite golf courses on the entire Tour and it's unfortunate that it is leaving". "It's a very simple, straightforward golf course, which we don't see very often anymore".

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But the 42-year-old has recorded four top-10 finishes in 12 events this season and had several chances to win, most recently in the Open Championship at Carnoustie where he led by a shot with eight holes to play.

But it seems like a win in 2018 is only a matter of time. He won in playoffs that lasted four holes against Stewart Cink (in 2006) and seven holes against Jim Furyk (in 2001).

On the back nine's only par-5, Woods chose to lay up with his second shot, then hit a 91-yard approach shot to just under 10 feet. He s won here as many times as I ve won everywhere in my career. "I putted well. I was just trying to get my mind wrapped around how the ball was going to roll out".

He remembers Firestone as a course which rewards straight-shooting and for its smallish greens. Both McIlroy and Woods can be lethal at this course. "Tiger has proved that with here, with Bay Hill, with Torrey Pines, with. well, actually, anywhere".

That includes his victory in 2013 - his most recent win anywhere.

When asked in his role as vice captain how he would assess himself as a player being picked for the team, Woods said: "What would be the word?".

He's done everything but win.

Matsuyama, once in the mix to reach No. 1 in the world, now is at No. 16.

The five-time major champion is the only player to have competed in every edition since 1999.

Cape Town - Francesco Molinari celebrated his Open Championship victory by sharing the Claret Jug with those who he says believed he was capable of becoming a Major champion long before he did.

Woods, whose jump to No. 50 got him into the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational this week, is now planning to play in five of the next six tournaments, including next week's PGA Championship in St. Louis. "I've never been in this position before, and so I'll have to get on my game and play well these last couple of weeks. I really did some good work just to make a few pars and scramble a little bit and really felt like I putted well".


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