Tiger Woods at WGC-Bridgestone Invitational 2013: Round 1 Score and Analysis
Tiger Woods is off to a solid start at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
He got stronger as the day went on, finishing with a four-under 66 on the day.
The seven-time champ at Firestone Country Club is the favorite to win the tournament. Many see this as an important tuneup that could help to boost Tiger's confidence ahead of the PGA Championship next week.
We'll be following Tiger all weekend long. Be sure to check back for more live updates as the tournament moves along.
Tiger Woods tees off for Round 2 on Friday in the afternoon group, at 1:10 p.m. ET.
Like every other long putt today, Tiger's birdie attempt just fails to find the hole.
A tap-in for par means he finishes Round 1 with a four-under 66.
A solid start for the favorite.
Webb Simpson birdies the seventh, moving to -7 with two holes to go in his day.
Meanwhile, perhaps the 10th fairway was part of Tiger's plan for the ninth hole all along?
Up and over the trees, to land on the green on his second shot. Another 30-foot birdie putt attempt awaits.
Tiger's partner Matsuyama has faded a bit in the late going, but overall it's been a solid day.
He bogeyed the 8th to drop back to even on the day. Two shots into the ninth, he's close to the green, but in the rough.
As suspected, tee shot went far enough left that it's actually not bad. Middle of 10th fairway. Should be able to take it over the trees.— GC Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) August 1, 2013
The ninth hole is a 494-yard par 4.
Tiger hits his drive way to the left. Uh oh.
He makes it!
A birdie at 17 pulls Tiger to four under par, just one shot off the lead.
He's tied for second place with Ryan Moore and Chris Wood.
As Tiger is close to completing a solid opening round, here's a look at the golfers to watch in the afternoon group here on Day 1.
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Tiger's second shot on 17 is a beauty too. Right on the green, he's about seven feet away from the cup.
Tiger Woods remains tied for fourth place at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
With two holes to go, he's three under par, two shots off the lead.
The 8th hole is a 482-yard par 4. Tiger hits a terrific tee shot, about 320 yards to the left side of the fairway. He's lined up nicely for his approach to the green.
Birdie putt going right at the hole... AND... takes a right turn at the very last second. Ouch. Still -3.— GC Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) August 1, 2013
The seventh hole is a 219-yard par 3, with bunkers scattered around the back side of the green.
Tee shot's on the green, just short and to the right of the hole.
Other than the eagle putt from off the green, hasn't left one short today. Good sign. We like aggressive putting.— GC Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) August 1, 2013
Matsuyama bogeys the sixth to drop to -1.
Tiger's long putt looks great but once again, it stays out. Tiger makes par.
Tiger Woods is three under par, two shots off the lead, after 15 holes.
Second shot, an iron, puts Tiger with about 25 feet of the pin. A long putt for a possible birdie—those just haven't been working for him today.
A bogey for Webb Simpson at three pulls him back to five under par. Tiger's now just two shots off the lead.
Driver on 6. From here, looks like a fourth fairway in six driver swings today. And remember: One barely missed.— GC Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) August 1, 2013
Tiger Woods is three under par, three shots off the lead, through 14 holes.
The 6th is a 469-yard par four.
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