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World number one Tiger Woods dominated the field at the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club with a 7 shot victory which included a second round 61 (9 under par), to win this event for the 8th time!. He was in great form and looked in control all through his final round of level par 70. After the round Woods said “I don’t know what it is about this place, it just fits my eye, I felt good about my game all week. This is five wins now so it’s turning into a good season. I’m really looking forward to the US PGA. I feel like my game is pretty consistent. Today I was conservative, just trying to make pars. I figured the highest score I could shoot was 70 and that would force the guys to shoot 63 or 62 and I just felt this was a perfect day to protect. The conditions were blustery and tough and it was hard to shoot a low number but it was easy to shoot a number around par.”
After Friday’s career-equalling best 61, he looked content to cruise towards victory as he carded nine straight pars to remain 15 under.
He registered his first birdie of the day on the 10th, holing from seven feet, and with Bradley dropping a shot on the 12th after a wayward tee shot, the lead was up to nine shots.
He still had some way to go to match his record margin of victory, having won the 2000 US Open at Pebble Beach by 15 shots, and when Jason Dufner birdied the 13th the gap was back to eight.
Woods three-putted the 14th for a bogey to finish with a round of 70, but the only real matter of interest by now was the battle for second place. Bradley gained the upper hand with a birdie from 20ft on the 17th to reach eight under, one shot ahead of Dufner and Stenson with former Masters champion Zach Johnson in the clubhouse on six under after a closing 67. Stenson then also birdied the 17th to tie with Bradley in second. Ryder Cup hero Martin Kaymer had gone one better with a 66, the former world number one recovering from an opening 74 with three rounds in the 60s to finish four under.
There were good showing from the European contenders with Miguel Ángel Jiménez, Chris Wood, Luke Donald, Justin Rose and Martin Kaymer all in the top ten.
Now Woods is ready for this week’s final major of the year, the US PGA Championship at Oakhill County Club, and he will be looking for his first major win since 2008.
THE BRIDGESTONE INVITATIONAL: FINAL LEADERBOARD
-15: Woods (US) -8: Bradley (US), Stenson (Swe) -6: Johnson (US), Dufner (US), Jimenez (Spa), Selected: -5: Wood (Eng) -4: Donald (Eng) -1: Rose (Eng)