Matsuyama shoots 61, romps to five-stroke victory at Bridgestone

07 August, 2017, 01:31 | Author: Julio Duncan
  • Day makes up ground in broken round

Pieters, who is from Belgium and played college golf at the University of IL, made five early birdies to vault into the lead after eight holes, but he stalled from there and parred 11 holes the rest of the way.

Pieters drained a 30-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to cap a 4-under-par 66.

But Day says his game is finally trending up from the lull he has been in. He has played Quail Hollow only once in competition, tying for 32 at the 2013 Wells Fargo Championship.

"Holed some putts today", Hend said after his round. "And the last 11 is a struggle". "I just need to see a couple of putts drop". "The greens are receptive so you can be aggressive when you hit the fairways and I hit a lot of fairways".

Most of the other highly ranked stars in the tourney have a ton of work to do in the final round if they are going to have any chance of stealing a victory.

"Once we got back out there after the delay, I think everybody felt a little flat", said the Northern Irishman. "It's been nine years since I had someone different on my bag".

He said that after playing with McIlroy, who now has hit 39 out of his 42 drives at Firestone at least 300 yards.


Goodes shot 68 and was one of seven players trailing by three shots.

Yet Pieters, who was ahead for most of the third day after picking up shots at his first three holes, also finished in style. It's his seventh appearance in a World Golf Championship event. When that tournament never came together, organizers agreed to take the victor of the Order of Merit from the previous year. Hideki Matsuyama had a 67 and was two shots behind.

Johnson will be seeking his first title since he captured his second career major at the British Open at St Andrews in 2015. If that wasn't enough, Inbee Park had just toured Kingsbarns Links in a course record-tying 64 and was one shot behind.

Spieth is coming off wins at the Travelers Championship and the British Open.

But the reigning PGA champion lifted his spirits with a faultless inward half, and birdies at 15 and 16 hoisted him back to four under for the tournament. "I criticized myself too much, which is not healthy".

Australian Scott Hend staked a claim to what would be his most significant win in tournament golf when he reeled off a stunning third round of 63 at the Firestone Country Club in Akron in OH to be just one behind the joint leaders at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational.

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