‘Special to me:’ Tiger Woods reflects on last Bridgestone Invitational in Akron

Mae Harvey
August 5, 2018

The 14-time major victor made it into the field at Ohio's Firestone Country Club thanks to his joint sixth-place finish at last month's Open at Carnoustie in Scotland.

Woods returns to Akron, Ohio for the WGC-Bridgestone for the first time since withdrawing during the final round in 2014.

Starting from the 10th, the 42-year-old picked up shots on the 11th and par-five 16th before ending the back nine in style, hacking his second shot out of the rough to the front edge of the green and then holing a curling putt from 50 feet for an unlikely birdie. "Tiger has proved that with here, with Bay Hill, with Torrey Pines, with. well, actually, anywhere".

"I want to play well and win tournaments through this".

"This place is like Augusta for him". They probably believed already, before the recent results, they believed in me more than I ever did.

Without a win for five often injury-plagued years, Woods felt he was in his best form of the year going into the Open.

"It's always been one of my favorite golf courses on the entire Tour", Woods said.

The only downside to having a stacked field is that it makes picking players that I think will win, extremely hard. "I played myself into a great position and I was tied for the lead at one point and ended up leading outright for just a little bit".

"My game did not feel good [at the Open]". I need to keep it that way.

At 47th in the standings at the moment, chances are he will certainly be in the top 70 that make the BMW Championship.

"I knew that if I executed my game plan, I was going to be in contention, which I did". He would need to be among the top 30 to qualify for the Tour Championship, which comes after a week break and begins on September 20.

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"This event has been very special to me over the years", Woods said.

"I'm starting to drive the ball really well and there are a few tee shots out here if you can carry it over 300 yards it's a big advantage on the rest of the field".

"When you go out on the course and you're playing with some of the best players in the world, you confront yourself with them", he said.

"This has always been one of my favourite weeks of the year". "Just the potential to win majors and the potential to be in the top-10 of the world and, you know, now they're pushing the limits even more", he said.

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