Bridgestone Invitational 2012: Jim Furyk Will Run Away with Title in Akron

Luis Batlle@lbatll1Contributor IAugust 5, 2012

AKRON, OH - AUGUST 04:  Jim Furyk plays a shot on the 18th hole during the third round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club South Course on August 4, 2012 in Akron, Ohio.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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It's a one-stroke lead heading into a rainy Sunday, but regardless, Jim Furyk will take the 2012 Bridgestone Invitational with ease.

A slim lead at 11-under par will be more than enough for the top-notch golf talent to claim victory in Akron. Furyk's play in this tournament has been remarkable and it won't change one bit come the tourney's final round.

The World's 34th best has held strong atop the leaderboard with his exceptional putting, posting four bogeys the entire tournament. In addition, Furyk has recorded a jaw-dropping 13 birdies and an eagle through the three rounds. Not to mention, seven of the birdies as well as the eagle came in just one round.

Talk about some impressive play from the American.

Putting is what has propelled the 42-year-old to the impressive score he has posted at Bridgestone. His accuracy on the green has been as solid as it has all season.

Lately, this has been an area Furyk has been outright atrocious. His pair of 34th-place finishes and multiple missed cuts in his last four tournaments came as a result of especially poor putting.

At Bridgestone things have turned around in a hurry in this regard. Furyk is averaging 1.7 putts per green in Akron.

The other key has been his ability to keep himself in contention with solid balls down the fairway. Furyk has landed 69.1 percent of his drives on the fairway in the tournament, a mark that undoubtedly has him where he is on the leaderboard.

With the combination of a strong putting game and undeniable accuracy driving the ball, it is difficult to envision Louis Oosthuizen (minus-10), Keegan Bradley (minus-seven) or Rory McIlroy (minus-six) making a run at Furyk in the final round.

He's still looking for win No. 1 on the PGA Tour in 2012, and this Bridgestone Invitational is where Furyk is set to take the prize.