Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

McIlroy lurks behind leader Thomas at WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

McIlroy lurks behind leader Thomas at WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

"Well, I'm going to have to [go low]", Woods said.

Woods has never been totally forthcoming in these situations, though he did admit after the first round of the Memorial Tournament in June that he sometimes wakes up with a stiff lower back, which is simply life for him as a 42-year-old golfer who has endured four back surgeries.

Meanwhile, Wade Ormsby is next best of the Australians at two under having posted a solid 68 while Cameron Smith is a shot back after a 69.

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As recently as last September he wasn't sure if he'd return to competitive golf, but his comeback has steadily gained steam to see him rose from outside the top 500 in the world rankings at the start of the year to 50th.

He closed with a par on 17 and birdie on 18. I came off yesterday and I couldn't believe how good the scoring was.

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. He followed with a tie for sixth at The Open, which helped him narrowly qualify for the Bridgestone, where he has won eight times.

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Asked to specify, he said: "Everything".

"I didn't warm up very well". "I only putted well the first day". The difference is I made everything the first day. Woods finished his day tied for 28th at 3 under; Justin Thomas is in 1st at 14 under; Ian Poulter and Rory McIlroy are tied for 2nd at 11 under; and Jason Day is in 4th at 10 under. Today I didn't drive it quite as well, didn't putt quite as good as I wanted to.

"I hit some good shots today, but also I didn't feel like I was in control of the golf ball today". He also had six birdies, five bogeys and two double-bogeys. With a hectic schedule coming up - Woods is expected to play four of the next five weeks - there is little time for him to work it out in practice. It's got a lot harder. If I had 15 wins, I'd still be wanting and thinking about winning all day tomorrow. So I'm excited for it, and I think it's going to be great prep for next week as well. "I just got off to a bad start and I just hung in there all day, and I feel like my patience was rewarded with that eagle on the last". That's no longer happening anymore.

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Woods has little time to rest, as he'll be at next week's PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St Louis, his first PGA appearance since 2015. Barring an incredible string of birdies, Woods will have to settle for a forgettable finish with one week left until the PGA Championship.

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