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We were all over him, but how could you not be confident in choosing world number one to end up at the top of the leaderboard? He's hitting his irons really nicely. His driving was spectacular and his short iron play was phenomenal. If he straightens out that driver a little bit, gives himself a few more opportunities. He won by eight shots in 2007 against Rory Sabbatini, who had said earlier in the year that Woods looked "beatable as ever".

Imagine walking the ropes alongside five-time major champion Phil Mickelson, marveling at how diminutive both Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler are, yet how far they can launch a golf ball, or even being able to join the massive gallery surrounding Tiger Woods. This was a nice pick-me-up for DJ after missing the cut at The Open championship before heading into one of the last World Golf Championship matches of the season. Three of his eight wins have come by seven strokes or more, and he's three-peated twice.

Four-time Major victor McIlroy is hoping history repeats itself as Firestone Country Club plays host for the last time before the tournament moves to Memphis next year. You can't talk about this tournament and not mention Tiger's name. You're not going to have your best all four days and it's a matter of that bad day being 2-, 3-under par instead of being, 2, 3 over par. "You ve got to hit every club in your bag and you ve got to hit good shots with all of them".

Woods will tee off Thursday morning.

Woods holed from 30 feet for another birdie on the seventh and then produced a brilliant recovery from the rough on the next, slicing his approach around a tree and on to the green.

That was the last time Woods played in a World Golf Championship event - tournaments he has won 18 times.

Woods is playing the opening rounds of this tournament with a two-time victor this season, Jason Day. "I want to practice a lot, I want to figure it out, I want to get better, I want to be ready".

"He's going to play well this week", Justin Thomas said. But before I become too emotional, let's jump into the course.

A tie for sixth place was at least enough to give Woods the consolation of qualifying for this week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational by virtue of scraping into the world's top 50 by a fraction of a world ranking point.

It brings me so much joy to say that, for the first time this season, my first top-tier pick this week to win the WGC Bridgestone Invitational is Tiger Woods.


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