Akron (AP)— Bubba Watson, playing his first competitive round at
venerable Firestone Country Club, shot a 6-under 64 for a two-stroke lead after
Thursday’s opening round of the Bridgestone Invitational.
In marked contrast,Tiger Woods, who’s won seven times at Firestone and
considers the Bridgestone almost an annuity, struggled all day and shot a 74,
his worst round ever on the course and in the tournament.
“Just because I like the course doesn’t mean I’m going to play well on
it,” said Woods, ahead of only eight others in the 81-player field. “You still
have to execute.”
Watson sure did. He needed just 22 putts to shoot his lowest first-round
score of the year. He arrived at the course on Sunday and got to know the layout
before putting up seven birdies and a bogey.