Though Tiger Woods has dominated Firestone Country Club over the course of his professional career, his 1-over 71 on Friday will make things difficult for him to defend his WGC Bridgestone Invitational title from 2013.
The former world No. 1 sits 10 shots back of leader Sergio Garcia and acknowledged that though he fought for every shot, he didn’t play well enough to put himself in good position.
“I didn’t hit the ball well. I didn’t putt well. I didn’t do anything well,” said Woods. “The only thing I did well was I fought hard. Grinded hard. Unfortunately, it wasn’t very good today.”
The most troubling stat for Woods on Friday was hitting only 4-of-14 fairways. At the tight, lengthy course in Akron, Ohio, missing the short grass makes going low difficult. On Thursday, he hit 57 percent of fairways and shot a 2-under 68. With a 10-shot deficit going into Saturday’s round, he’s got plenty of ground to make up with his confidence having taken a hit.
The game was poor from tee to green. Woods took 29 putts on Friday and missed five inside of 10 feet, frequently below the hole.
He’ll have to clean all of it up if he’s going to have any chance at contending. Both his driver and putter have to be working to score well at a course he’s historically loved.
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