By John Ekdahl
Round 3 of the W.G.C.-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club kicks off today with Tiger near the bottom of the leaderboard. Tiger has won 7 of the previous 11 tournaments played at Firestone, so it’s been surprising to see him post 74-72 over the first two days. The 74 on Thursday was the highest score he has ever posted at Firestone. Clearly purple isn’t his color.
Phil Mickelson is one shot behind leader Retief Goosen and in striking distance of the number one player in the world ranking for the first time in his career. If Woods finishes lower than 44th (he’s currently tied for 77th) and Phil can post a top-4, he’ll take over the #1 ranking. Mickelson, recognizing the opportunity, trotted out in this yesterday. It’s a good thing Paul is on vacation.