Altvater: Woods takes commanding lead at WGC-BridgestoneWritten by Fred Altvater | | BackNine@toledofreepress.com
Tiger Woods fired a brilliant nine-under-par 61 on Friday (Aug. 2) at the WGC-Bridgestone and took a seven-shot lead.
He began his second round with a birdie-eagle-birdie start to get to four under par after the first three holes. He placed his drive in the middle of the fairway at No. 1 and hit his second to within 3 feet from 130 yards for his first birdie of the day.
At the par-5 No. 2, Woods again found the fairway and hit his second shot onto the green and holed the 20-foot putt for the eagle. At No. 3 he cut the dog-leg with a perfect 320-yard drive, his wedge left him 13 feet from the hole and he made the putt.
After pars at Nos. 4, 5 and 6, he hit his tee shot at the 200 yard, par-3 No. 7 to inside four feet and knocked that home for another birdie.
Woods started the back nine with birdies at Nos. 10, 11, 12 and 13. Firestone Country Club is a par-70 and his hot start on the second nine brought him to nine-under par and the 59 watch was on.
The only stress in his round came at the par-4 No. 14. Woods hit his drive into the right rough and his second shot flew over the green. He chipped back and had to make an eight foot putt to save his par.
Pars on his last four holes gave him 30-31=61. It was the fourth time he has shot 61 on the PGA Tour. His last 61 came in the second round of the 2005 WGC-Bridgestone.
Defending champion Keegan Bradley and Chris Wood are seven shots back at six-under par. This is the first appearance for Wood in the WGC-Bridgestone, but he has played in three previous WGC events.
Bill Haas and Henrik Stenson are one more shot back at five-under par.
Saturday’s third round will feature threesomes due to impending weather forecasted for the Akron area.