Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Thomas doesn't break sweat in winning finale at Firestone

Thomas doesn't break sweat in winning finale at Firestone

After two days of sensational scoring, at least by some, the harsh realities of a long, demanding course in hard-running conditions, came to the fore in the third round of the WGC Bridgestone-Invitational event at the Firestone club, Akron, Ohio.

Northeast Ohio has been the place for thousands to watch world class golf for years, however, Sunday was the last time Firestone Country Club's famed South Course will host the prestigious Bridgestone Invitational.

Rory McIlroy also had his issues, misjudging several wedge shots, but at day's end both he and Woods were within striking distance at the World Golf Championships event.

The trio made the most of ideal morning scoring conditions, finishing the second round on 11-under 129, two strokes in front of American Kyle Stanley, who carded a 68 and Australian Jason Day, who produced a four-under 66 in the afternoon. His three-over 73 left him tied for sixth on 272.

Kyle Stanley, who also moved to within two strokes of the lead on the closing nine, followed a similar blueprint, dropping shots at Nos.

Thomas becomes the 21st player to win a World Golf Championship and a major, and his three victories tie him with Johnson and Bubba Watson for most on the PGA Tour this year. That made his steady play all the more meaningful for him.

"I'm glad I finally played well around here, just in time for it to leave", said Thomas.

"We were lucky to get up-and-down for 6, but that was a stupid decision", Thomas. The last player to win two of these in a row is (you guessed it) Woods in 2006 and 2007.

"For sure, especially contending on a golf course like (Firestone)", Leishman said.

"I just just kind of fight through it and make some putts and I didn't make any putts today".

Former world No 1 Day pulled within two of Thomas when he rattled off three straight birdies starting at the 10th hole.

"It was very similar to the first day, " Woods said.

"I needed to go get it today and I didn't do it".

"I'm going to have a chance", Poulter said. "I think I got away with one bad tee shot where it bounced out of the trees, but apart from that played lovely, putted really nice and just picked them off". He has committed to the first two tournaments and is all but a lock for the third, meaning a lot of golf for him over the next month.

Largely sidelined by years of back trouble that led to spinal fusion surgery in April of 2017, the 14-time major champion remains in search of his first victory since the 2013 Bridgestone.

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