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Tiger Woods says it's 'sad' to see WGC-Bridgestone Invitational leaving Akron

05 August 2018

Tiger Woods says anger from his British Open near-miss is fuelling his effort to end his five-year title drought with an astonishing ninth World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational victory.

The Northern Irishman tasted victory at this event in 2014 in between winning The Open at Royal Liverpool and the US PGA Championship at Valhalla, and with the tournament set to move on from OH next year McIlroy, who finished in a tie for second at The Open two weeks ago, is keen to put in another strong performance this week. He's gone a little flat of late but in two PGA Tour starts following his T55 in March's WGC-Mexico, Dunne finished T5 at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship followed by T8 in the Houston Open.

On Wednesday, Tiger told reporters the straight-forward course at Firestone, which is rare on the tour, will remain a special place to him.

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He is all but a mathematical lock for the third event - the BMW Championship - which takes the top 70 players. "It's one of the few tournaments that is kind of a small-town atmosphere", Woods said.

Lahiri will play with Luke List at 10.20 am from the first tee, while Woods will start play with Jason Day at the same time but from the tenth tee. "I use it as a week to try and work on my game and if I get myself into contention, then that's just a bonus", said McIlroy.

"I want to play well and win tournaments through this". At times, their relationship has been strained, although it has softened in recent years as both players became heavily involved in the U.S. Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup efforts.

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"As I said, it was going to sting for a while, and it certainly does because I had a great chance at it", he said.

Tiger Woods returned to the top 50 of the world rankings for the first time since 2014 this week, and his comeback is about to shift into a higher gear.

Matsuyama returns to this World Golf Championship needing to revive some good memories. "Hopefully, this will be a week that I can catch the magic again and play well". There are also plenty of really good players who are in the middle tier range relative to the field like Zach Johnson, Adam Scott, and last years victor Hideki Matsuyama. The 12-1 WGC Bridgestone Invitational odds he's commanding are too steep for somebody with those numbers, and there are far better values to be found in this loaded 2018 WGC-Bridgestone field. "My game's gotten better and good enough where I feel like I can win again out here on TOUR".

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Tiger Woods says it's 'sad' to see WGC-Bridgestone Invitational leaving Akron