WGC Bridgestone Invitational: Tiger Woods Shouldn't Be Discouraged At Missing Out On History

By Phil Naegely
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In his first event since his putting failed him at the 2013 Open Championship, Tiger Woods tore up the WGC Bridgestone Invitational course and tied the course record, shooting a nine-under 61.

After nine holes, Woods was five-under on the day and fans were on 59 watch. As Tiger made the turn and headed to the back nine, he birdied the first four holes. However, the birdie streak ended and his pursuit of 59 came up short.

Still, he tied both his career-low and course record by shooting a bogey-free 61 at the Bridgestone Invitational. On the day, Tiger made one eagle, seven birdies and 10 pars.

While Woods’ 2013 season has been filled with four tournament wins, his putting has stymied his progress at major tournaments. On Tiger’s last five holes, he missed two puts within 10 feet after previously making all attempts from 10 feet. In addition, he had three two-putts on the last five holes after only having a pair of two-putts on the first 13 holes.

Whether or not you think Tiger is back to his 100 percent self, he dominated the golf course today. Between a first-round 66 and second-round 61, Tiger is well on his way to winning his fifth tournament this season.

Even with missing out on a historic round, Tiger sits at 13-under and holds a seven-stroke lead over Chris Wood and Keegan Bradley. Woods showed excellence with his game today, but his putting cost him a historic round.

In the end though, Tiger shouldn’t be too discouraged. Come Sunday, he could be putting on another clinic. Round three and the final round will be interesting to watch to see how he responds after shooting a dazzling 61.

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