WGC-Bridgestone 2012: Rory McIlroy and 5 Contenders Who Could Win

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WGC-Bridgestone 2012: Rory McIlroy and 5 Contenders Who Could Win
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Rory McIlroy

At one point on Saturday, the 2012 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational looked like it could be a runaway victory for Jim Furyk. With a birdie at the par-five second hole, Furyk ran his score to 12-under-par and opened a five-shot lead over the rest of the field on this "moving day."

It looked like a continuation of his first two rounds.

Furyk's opening scores of 63 and 66 were highlighted by a total of just 51 putts combined as he carded his lowest opening 36-hole total of his PGA Tour career on the South Course at Firestone Country Club.

His comfortable cushion, however, turned into a log-jam atop the leaderboard with a host of talented and familiar names providing stiff competition for the 42-year-old veteran.

Four players are within five shots of the lead, and another three (Bo Van Pelt, Justin Rose and John Senden) are lurking just another shot back.

Here are five contenders who could win the 2012 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.


David Kindervater is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report. All quotations in this article were obtained via press conferences at the media center at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

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