AKRON– What a day at the Bridgestone Invitational as Tiger Woods chased history just hours after defending champion, Keegan Bradley shot his way to the top of the leaderboard.
Seven-time Bridgestone Invitational winner, Tiger Woods opened his second round of play in fashion. He birdied hole one and hole three and eagled the second.
“I got off to a great start,” said Woods. “Then to miss three greens in a row and then to basically make an up-and-down from a 6-iron.”
Woods finished the day with seven birdies and an eagle. After making the turn at five under, Woods was chasing history, trying to become just the sixth golfer in Tour history to shoot a 59.
“I had a long way to go,” Woods said. “I had, what, five holes to go, still a lot of golf to be played, and anything could have happened. It could have gone either way. I made some nice pars there.”
Woods finished the day with an incredible birdie on #18. He tied a career low 61 and matched the course record.
“The putt wasn’t that fast,” Woods said. “The rain slowed them up, so that putt wasn’t a putt I was afraid of running six, eight feet past.”
Before Tiger teed off on Friday, the day belonged to defending Bridgestone Invitational champion, Keegan Bradley, who finished two under and is tied for second, seven shots back of Woods.
“My game feels really sharp right now, so everything that I’ve done this week so far has felt really good, putting, driving the ball, irons,” said Bradley. “I haven’t gotten the most out of both of my rounds, so hopefully tomorrow I can do that.”
Bradley was just finishing up his round when Woods went birdie, eagle, birdie. Bradley wasn’t discouraged.
“Tiger, those first couple of holes out there are definitely birdie holes, so I’d expect him to do that. You know, I hope he doesn’t go too low,” Bradley said. “I’m in a good spot going into the weekend regardless.”
Open Champion, Phil Mickelson shot one-over par 71 and is at +3 for the tournament.
Stuart Appleby was the last PGA Tour player to shoot 59 in competitive play. Appleby accomplished the feat in 2010 at the Greenbrier Classic.