Tiger Woods Bridgestone Invitational 2012: Strong Finish Builds Momentum for PGA

Scott CarasikContributor IIAugust 5, 2012

AKRON, OH - AUGUST 05:  Tiger Woods plays his shot on the second tee during the final round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club South Course on August 5, 2012 in Akron, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Tiger Woods is getting into his groove at just the right time. He just hit a four-under in the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational and will use momentum built in Ohio when the tour heads to Charleston, South Carolina next week for the PGA Tour Championships.

Tiger had an excellent day in Akron as he started off with some great drives and played mistake-free golf. He was able to get off to a great start on a day that will be very similar to what he will see on Kiawah Island on Thursday. The biggest battle that he will face in the Tour Championship is the weather on the Ocean Course, and it was windy today in Akron similar to how it is in Charleston.

Tiger was able to fight the elements and should be able to take this momentum into a frustratingly difficult Kiawah Island course. Kiawah Island's Ocean Course was designed by legendary golf course architect, Pete Dye. Dye designed the course to have all 18 holes with a view of the Atlantic Ocean and be one that is completely aggravating to play on.

Woods should enjoy it, though. Golf is a battle between golfer and the architect of the golf course more than it is a battle between the golfers. Pete Dye tries to be like an NFL defensive coordinator who disguises blitzes and coverages when going against the top quarterbacks in the league.

He was quoted about his design of the course saying, "I try to do things that drive the pros crazy. If you don't get some emotion out of them, you're doing something wrong," (h/t John Berry of The Lake County Record-Bee).

Tiger should enjoy the views, though, and his yacht is already in harbor. He should be able to build on the momentum from his four-under front nine holes in Akron and turn in a top performance at the tour championships when the top pros come to Charleston for the Tour Championships.

 

Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist and Trends and Traffic Writer for Bleacher Report. As a Featured Columnist, he covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL Draft. He is also the Falcons analyst at Drafttek, runs the NFL Draft Website ScarDraft.com and hosts Kvetching Draftniks Radio.