Bridgestone Invitational
By Kickntrue on 8/8/09
I've largely ignored the fact that there's a pretty big golf tourney going on this weekend. While the PGA Championship will be bigger next week (as it should) this week's Bridgestone Invitational is about as good as it gets on a non-major week. Forty-nine of the top fifty players are competing and the event is being played at a great course, Firestone CC, in Akron, Ohio.

Tiger played a solid first two rounds and is now charging into his usual spot in the top 5. Padraig Harrington led after two rounds, and Phil Mickelson is back on the course. Forget the yard work. Forget doing anything else. Grab a tasty beverage and bag of chips- and enjoy the action!

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Banker85 says:
looks like tiger is at it again!
8/9/09
 
ToddRobb says:
3:00pm and now they're tied... Game On!!!
8/9/09
 
Kickntrue says:
Yah- that Tiger guy is pretty good. Hasn't had a bad shot yet. Legit birdie chance on every hole so far.
8/9/09
 
ToddRobb says:
Kick, So being that Tiger won by 4 strokes this week, does that make this weeks field was a "weak field" also?? ;)
8/9/09
 
kidputter says:
Was it a Harrington CHOKE? Was it the pressure of the WOODS? Was it the official that told them at the 16th tee that they were on the clock? Was it a combination of all the above? I believe it was everything named previously that has led to this win.
8/9/09
 
Kickntrue says:
@todd- this was a great win against a great field. 49 of top 50 in the world were present. you act like i don't like tiger. i think he's amazing! still doesn't chagne the fact that there are weaker fields and stronger fields amongst tour events.
8/9/09
 
Banker85 says:
a win is a win!
8/9/09
 
ToddRobb says:
@Kickntrue - I know you like Tiger, that's why I was surprised to hear you discredit number 69 with the "weak field" reference. "The fact that there are weaker fields and stronger fields" was exactly MY point. You stated last week was a "weak field", I said some are weaker than others but none are "weak". This week proves my point thoroughly, Tiger won by four stokes on a more difficult course against a "stronger field". It doesn't matter who is in the field, it's the course that should determines how you play on Sunday, Tiger understands that. That's why we see so many others collapse on Sunday, they are trying to beat Tiger instead of playing the course, they wind up making stupid mistakes.

on tour,,, a win is a win!
8/9/09
 
ToddRobb says:
Tiger has said that he knows he is at least one stroke better than everyone on tour, all he has to do every week is have four average rounds and he wins by four stokes. Everyone else has to have an above average week to beat him, my original point was that any of the guys on tour are capable of having an above average week. There is no weak field, some are stronger than others.
8/9/09
 
ToddRobb says:
say it with me,,, some are stronger than others ;)
8/9/09
 
oobscott2 says:
i dont see why on 16 harrington didnt just play out to the right (when facing the pond), get it on the green, and take bogey at worst. At least then he is only 1 back with 2 to play. The shot he attempted was nearly impossible
8/9/09
 
Shooter McGavin says:
oobscott2...

relinquish the lead to tiger with 2 to play? he's the greatest closer in the history of sports - playing for bogey is essentially handing woods the trophy.

with that said, harrington surely didn't play the hole well at all - and when you're opponent sticks a clutch shot to 6 inches, you feel the urge to respond. it's part of the tiger mystique, and why he wins time and time again. people try to match him shot for shot when it's not possible.
8/10/09
 
greendevil says:
I was thinking Harrington was going to go for the center of the green on his third shot on #16. All he would've had to do from there is two-putt from par. No way was he gonna be able to keep one on the green going for the flag from his lie. If he would've went for the center of the green and two-putted for par he and Tiger would've been tied with two holes to play. Harrington played solidly the entire day and he had a chance of beating Tiger if he would've played smart on #16.
8/10/09
 
Backquak says:
I think Padraig was going for the center of 16, Tiger said in his interview that he was going for the center but the wind pushed it right and it ended up stiff. When Padraig saw it he got a little more aggressive and maybe sighted in on the right center or just left of the flag and the same wind pushed his more aggressive shot right to the worst spot imaginable. sucked to see it happen, but at least he didn't lay down and give it to tiger. He was aggressive, he couldn't get the putts to fall but he played great. That was very good watching. Congrads to Tiger, and to Padraig, you win some you loose some, come back next week and get it done.
8/10/09
 
ayparekh says:
He hit an 8 iron for 174 yds. that is SICK.
8/10/09
 
bducharm says:
You know, this Tiger guy keeps getting all the accolades, while I won my second consecutive club championship and 3rd in the past 4 years!!! Where's the love??? :-)
8/10/09
 
ayparekh says:
@bducharm - was that on NBC? sorry i was watching CBS. :-)
8/10/09
 
bducharm says:
LOL - I think it was on Versus - you know the channel nobody knows where to look for!!!
8/10/09
 
kidputter says:
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. All he needs is love, love, love.
8/10/09
 
bducharm says:
LMAO - Thanks kidputter!!! I FEEL YA....
8/10/09
 
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