Woods wins for seventh time at Bridgestone Invitational

Tiger Woods stared down the man who, briefly last year, was the toast of the majors, when he won the Bridgestone Invitational at Akron, Ohio.

The world number one shot five-under-par 65 in the final round for a total of 268 and a four-stroke victory.

Ireland’s Padraig Harrington, who won two majors last season while Woods was recovering from knee surgery, appeared to be the man who could challenge the American.

But a triple-bogey on the 16th hole by Harrington gave Woods the initiative as he went from one behind to a convincing win – his 70th title on the pro tour.

Harrington, who carded 72, would end up sharing second place with Australian Robert Allenby, who closed with 66. After winning his fifth title of the season, Woods said in an AP article:

“We locked horns pretty good. I made a couple of mistakes. Paddy was being consistent, grinding it out, doing all the right things. Unfortunately, 16 happened. But it was a great battle all day.”

It was Woods’ seventh victory on the Firestone Country Club course – the first time someone has won that many times on the same layout on the US PGA Tour.

In addition, it was his second straight tournament title coming hot on the heels of his Buick Open triumph the previous week.

Whether or not he takes his form into this week’s final major of the season, the US PGA Championship at Hazeltine is what most golf fans want to know.

Three times before this season, Woods had won a fortnight before a major and each time he has failed to win. The US PGA Championship is his last chance to add to his 14 career major titles this year.

American Hunter Mahan (66) and Argentina’s Angel Cabrera (67) were tied for fourth at 273 while on joint-sixth 274 were Steve Stricker (67), British Open winner Stewart Cink (68) and Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez (68).

World number two Phil Mickelson finished tied for 58th after he totalled 287. The tournament doubled as a European Tour event as well.

This meant that the focus across the Atlantic was on the Challenge Tour in Europe, where Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts ended a nine-year wait for his first professional title by winning the SK Golf Challenge in Finland.

Colsaerts turned pro when he was 18 in 2000 but had to wait until the weekend for his breakthrough as he defeated Welshman Rhys Davies and France’s Julien Geurrier in a play-off.

All three finished on 11-under-par 277 with Colsaerts and Davies closing on 66 and Guerrier scrambling home with 71.

Colsaerts birdied the final two holes of regulation and then delivered another birdie on the second play-off hole to deny Davies a second title in three weeks.

3 Responses to “Woods wins for seventh time at Bridgestone Invitational”

  1. Grounds Keeper says:

    Agreed…You get in that one on on situation with Tiger and it just goes up another level. I bet most golfers aren’t used to that size of a gallery following them. Read this morning that Padraig Harrington is actually changing his preparation routine after last weeks tournament. He apparently is going to be taking it easy in the 3 days leading up to Thursday. The 90 degree heat and going head to head with Tiger was draining. Check out the article here.


  2. José Rolz says:

    Hi Andy:

    I am amazed that time and time again, Tiger´s peers melt down at crunch time. This explains a great number of his PGA Tour wins and quite a few majors.

    Not so in Jack Niclaus´case. Lets remember that Jack won 18 majors, BUT placed second an amazing 19 times in majors. Jack´s peers certainly did not fold in the big ones. Examples: Arnie, Gary, Billy ( Casper, that is ), Lee, Johnny, Tony, Tom ( Weiskopft), and, of course TOM Watson., , just to name the ones that come to mind quickly.
    How many “hall of famers” will Tiger have competed against during his years of “dominance” ??. To date……probably just ONE…..Phil Mickelson.

    I am not trying to bring down Tiger. I just want us to view his record in its real perspective. The quality of a player´s victories must be evaluated according to the “field” ( quality) that competed.
    In the finals of the NCAA in 1962( in which I played) held at Duke University ( won by Houston University, in the team competition; and by Kermit Zarley, in the individual competition). I was hoping to see Jack there; but later I learned that he had quit school and turned pro.
    I saw Jack play as an amateur in the U.S. Open held at Winged Foot in 1959 ( won by Billy Casper). On seeing his power and quality of play, I knew he was the force to be reckoned with in the future. This was the Open that Mr. Hogan hit many more fairways and greens in regulation than anybody, but could not putt ( he had the yips by then ). It was a shame to see this, as Mr Hogan was my favorite player when I started to play in 1950.

    Keep up the good work. I am a real golf lover; and I really value the game´s history and traditions.

    Best regards,

    José Rolz
    Guatemala City, Guatemala

  3. Frank says:

    Andy, Did you get a chance to analyze that chip on the 16th that Paddy made? What in the world happened? Too much grass behind the ball?

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