Golf stars pay tribute to Jarrod Lyle at Bridgestone Invitational

Sherman Parsons
August 6, 2018

Nobody has a better scoring average Saturday on the PGA Tour than Tiger Woods, and the Bridgestone Invitational would be a good time to keep that up.

But, at day's end, both he and Woods were within striking distance at the World Golf Championships event in Akron, Ohio.

Woods, an eight time victor of the tournament at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, had opened with a promising 66 on Thursday, and was five off the lead before plummeting down the leaderboard with a 73 on Saturday.

With play still underway at Firestone Country Cub, the duo share third spot just two shots behind leader Kyle Stanley, who carded a front nine score of 29 on his way to a blistering 7-under 63.

Rory McIlroy, playing in the final group with Thomas, said he was exhausted of finishing second this year.

It was a different scene from two weeks ago when Woods was in the thick of contention at The Open, leading with eight holes to play before a tie for sixth helped him qualify for the final WGC event at Bridgestone. There are a number of golfers - Brooks Koepka, Patrick Reed, Webb Simpson, Francesco Molinari, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Jason Day, Bubba Watson and Rory McIlroy among them - who could put their fingerprints on the trophy with a victory this week at Bellerive.

Tiger Woods reacts after missing a putt on the 17th hole during the second round of the Bridgestone Invitational on Friday.

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The impromptu meeting was much more than simply a pep talk, the reigning PGA Tour player of the year doesn't need that.

"I'm really putting well, just didn't quite hit the putts hard enough today", Woods said. I hit some better wedge shots out there, which was good to see.

"(Sunday) is a different story", a defiant Day said. "I hit a lot that didn't go in the hole, so I'm pleased with it".

"Obviously we're all thinking of (Lyle) and it would be very nice to obviously have a good week", Leishman said. I'm tied second right now, so huge improvement and a little bit of work left to do.

Spieth was gunning for the career Grand Slam and Thomas was. well, searching for his first major championship, which came with a final-round 68, as he overtook a few of the game's other young stars in the process at Quail Hollow. It added up to a solid 3-under-par 69 and the prospect of a first win on the LPGA Tour, let alone a first major title.

Day crept within two shots after three successive birdies from the 10th hole, only to drop five shots in the next five holes and shoot 73.

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