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Tiger Woods plays his shot from the 16th tee during the final round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented By MasterCard at Bay Hill Club and Lodge on March 18, 2018 in Orlando, Florida. "So it was pretty cool to get it done".

World No.3 Thomas (67) is in the driver's seat at 14 under, three shots clear of 2014 WGC-Bridgestone champion Rory McIlroy (67) and Ian Poulter (70).

The concept of whacking a tiny ball with a club - you know how golf works - and making it go where you want is ridiculous on its own.

Day crept to 12-under after three straight birdies from the 10th hole, only to drop five shots in the next five holes and shoot 73.

Woods, an eight-time victor at Firestone, took the advantage at the hard par-4 18th hole (his ninth) when he drained a 50-foot monster birdie putt to climb to three under.

"We sat down and just said, what are we doing wrong?"

Again, Justin Thomas is good at golf.

Justin Thomas didn't have to show much of his "nasty streak" to get the job done and win the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday.

One would be tempted to suggest that Thomas, just about the most impressive player in the world today, will repeat the exercise today and...

Thomas, 25, is the third three-time victor on tour this year, after Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson. "To win on a golf course like this, a championship golf course and always against a very tough field, it just felt great".

The victory was especially special for Thomas, in front of his grandparents.

Australians Jason Day and Marc Leishman came within striking distance on the final day but crumbled on the back nine. The numbers so good Thomas even gave the drive its own code name, playing off the TS designation. The World Series of Golf began in 1962, and it became an official PGA Tour event in 1976.

The championship moves to Memphis next year, ending a long run at Firestone. The guys that I grew up playing against are going to be playing here next year (in a Champions Tour event).

The 29-year-old mixed five birdies with two bogeys in a round that he admitted frustrated him as he struggled off the tee on the tight tree-lined fairways.

A good par save at the mammoth par-four ninth saw him make the turn two under for the day, only for a poor wedge shot over the 10th green to leave him with an nearly impossible shot, leading to a bogey.

World number one Dustin Johnson and Dane Thorbjorn Olesen shot 64 and tied for third on 10 under.

McIlroy added a three-under 67 to his opening five-under 65 on Thursday, leaving him at eight under for the tournament and well-placed to make a weekend charge for the summit of the leaderboard.

There are 45 players under par out of 71 through 36 holes and Woods actually lost ground on the leaders after starting the day four strokes back.


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