It is the first time since the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March that Woods has been closer than a tie for 29th after the first round - a span of eight tournaments. This event has been very special to me over the years, and it's sad to see it leave Firestone.
"It's always been one of my favorite golf courses on the entire tour and it's unfortunate it is leaving". He s won here as many times as I ve won everywhere in my career. They probably believed already, before the recent results, they believed in me more than I ever did. Just like we saw at Carnoustie a few weeks ago, the tee sheet is littered with awesome pairings throughout the day, which to me is far superior than having all your star power packed tightly into super groups. He hasn't been eligible to play in an WGC event since slipping outside the top-50 in the world rankings in 2015, but his climb back up the charts this year has been steady. Not only is he playing, Woods has shown flashes of the Tiger of old.
Case in point: Molinari's playing partner in the final round of The Open was Tiger Woods. "The first two times that I played at Firestone, I was not consistent with my ball control but now, I can move the ball around and can go for certain shots". I've always played great here.
"(I knew) it was going to sting for a while, and it certainly does because I had a great chance at it", Woods said on Wednesday. He won at Firestone in 2014, sandwiched between victories in the British Open and PGA Championship. "Just the potential to win majors and the potential to be in the top-10 of the world and, you know, now they're pushing the limits even more", he said.
"I just feel like this week is an ideal time to work on a few things [ahead of next week's US PGA Championship]". "And I don't think anyone could, to be honest". He defeated Jim Furyk in a seven-hole playoff in 2001 and shot a career-low 61 in 2013 en route to his last win. "There are just courses that fit your eye better than some others", McIlroy said. "Tiger has proved that here, with Bay Hill, with Torrey Pines, with well, actually, anywhere".
"I've got to manage that and really make sure I take it easy in my practice sessions and make sure I'm ready for the tournament rounds". On the par-4 18th hole, Woods added to his highlight reel by drilling a 50-foot uphill birdie putt to move to 3-under.