Thomas and Poulter lead at Bridgestone, Woods struggles

06 August, 2018, 10:14 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Tiger Woods barely keeps pace at Firestone

"I didn't hit the ball crisp or clean", Woods said.

"It feels awesome", he said.

Next season the FedEx St. Jude Classic will take its place as a World Golf Championship event. With play completed, Wise finished T6, seven short of overnight leader and champion Justin Thomas.

While there was some emotion involved, Thomas might also step back for some perspective. "What can we do better?" recalled Thomas' father and swing coach, Mike. Spieth has not won since the 2017 Open at Royal Birkdale.

"With a three-shot lead I knew I needed to play well but I had a little bit of wiggle room".

McIlroy made up three shots in the final round in 2014 when he rallied to beat Sergio Garcia at Firestone.

"I'm going to have to", Woods said of picking up the scoring pace in the third round.

Roared on by the large galleries in her home country, the 22-year-old Hall only took the lead for the first time after a 20-foot putt for birdie at the 16th hole and stayed steady to post 5-under 67.

From that heart-to-heart, Thomas threw everything he had at the game's best and came away with the most dominant victory of his career. The ninth victory of his career moves him to No. 2 in the world, with a shot to regain the No. 1 ranking next week at the PGA Championship.

"I'm glad I finally played well around here, just in time to leave", he said. "One of the primary reasons it's been a success is because of an exceptional golf course". He was trying too hard, maybe. "I think it's going to be great prep for next week as well, so I'll obviously be fully engaged to try to win this tournament but knowing that if I play well tomorrow, it puts me in the right frame of mind going into next week as well (for USPGA Championship)". "He's just letting his potential go through now".

He lost to Phil Mickelson in a playoff at the WGC-Mexico Championship in March.

But his only top-10s since then were a tie for eighth at both the Memorial and the French Open.

The world's top players make the trip to the four WGC tournaments each year with a big payout on the line and a good-sized check just for showing up. "I'm in a pretty good position". That's what I'm out here for.

However, his goal to create yet another slice of PGA Tour in becoming the first player to win an event on nine occasiosn will now be restricted to just Torrry Pines and Bay Hill in suburban Orlando.

Justin Thomas made sure the anticipated duel with Rory McIlroy on Sunday was more like a rout. They live near each other in South Florida and said they spent last weekend practicing together at The Bear's Club.



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