Thomas doesn't break sweat in winning finale at Firestone

Marcus Newton
August 6, 2018

Unfortunately for Woods, he was doing that while the leaders of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational were just making their way to the back nine, the eight-time champion of the tournament well out of contention.

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Woods, an eight-times victor at Firestone, electrified the gallery with three early birdies but in the end managed only a middling 68 on a course that was there for the taking, with soft greens allowing players to fire aggressively at the pins.

The world No.3 has 2014 WGC-Bridgestone victor Rory McIlroy (67) and Ian Poulter (70) snapping at his heels three shots back.

Thomas fell behind early with two bogeys in three holes, and a 10-foot par save in between from behind the fourth green kept him from falling further behind.

Fleetwood, a four-time victor on the European Tour who has flashed impressive form in all three majors this year but remains in search of a first title in the United States. "I was putting it in position where I should have been giving myself birdie chances and I was having to hole five-and six-footers for par". That made his steady play all the more meaningful for him.

"Well, today I was just trying to be as aggressive as possible and fire at everything", said Woods, whose tie for 31st was his third-worst at this tournament dating to 1999.

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"We were lucky to get up-and-down for 6, but that was a stupid decision", Thomas. He wound up winning the last one. I hit great putts that just were burning the edges.

"To win on a championship golf course like [Firestone] and against a very tough field, it just felt great", he said. Now throw in a sand trap and big ol' tree, and you really lose me.

The world number three, who will start the defence of his US PGA Championship next Thursday, birdied the second hole but dropped back to 14 under with a bogey at the par-four sixth.

"I only putted well the first day". The last place finisher wins $46,450, which is higher than a top 30 finish at some tournaments on the PGA Tour.

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

Paul was a career club professional and played at Firestone in the 1960 US PGA Championship, missing the 54-hole cut.

"I played well enough to win a few times this year and I only got over the line once", McIlroy said.

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