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Bridgestone Invitational 2013: Reasons to Watch Final Day of Action

AKRON, OH - AUGUST 03:  Tiger Woods smiles while on the practice range prior to the Third Round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club South Course on August 3, 2013 in Akron, Ohio.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIAugust 4, 2013

Tiger Woods began his runaway from the field on Friday and he maintains a commanding seven-stroke lead heading into Sunday.

It seems a Woods' victory is almost a foregone conclusion, but there are still a few reasons to watch the final-day coverage of the Bridgestone Invitational from Firestone CC in Akron, Ohio.

How will Woods finish the final round?

Though he'd have to play poorly to allow anyone to get close enough to make him nervous, his form heading into the PGA Championship is key.

On Thursday, Woods will begin his pursuit of a 15th major championship title. The PGA Championship from Oak Hill CC in Rochester, N.Y. will be his final shot at a major in 2013.

A win at the Bridgestone Invitational would be the fifth win of the year for Woods, but we all know the year won't truly be a success for the world's best player if he doesn't win a major.

He'll want to finish in Akron on a high note and carry the momentum this would give him into the PGA Championship.

 

Can Woods Break His 72-Hole Record at WGC?

In 2000, when Woods won the WGC by 11 strokes, his 72-hole score was 259. He shot a 61 in the second round then, just as he did this year. 

He'll need a six-under 64 on the final day to break his record, but Woods has been so good in this tournament I'm forced to scream in my Kevin Garnett voice: "anything is possible!"

Elsewhere...

 

Where's Keegan Bradley?

Though he has been dwarfed by Woods' stellar play through three rounds, Bradley has still represented himself well. He was one-over 71 on Saturday and he's 10 strokes behind Woods heading into the final round.

Bradley won the PGA Championship in 2011 after playing solidly through three rounds at the Bridgestone that year. In 2012, Bradley won the Bridgestone and finished tied for third at the PGA championship.

Needless to say, he's proven to be a force late in the golf season.

Everyone will be watching Woods in Rochester, but Bradley figures to be heard from as well. If you're looking for a secondary favorite in the year's last major, Bradley should be your guy.

 

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