‘Special to me:’ Tiger Woods reflects on last Bridgestone Invitational in Akron

Tiger Woods lifted the Gary Player Cup for the first time in 1999

Tiger Woods lifted the Gary Player Cup for the first time in 1999

Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri will tee off at the same time as Tiger Woods but from a different end of the Firestone South course at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, on Thursday. Before you make any 2018 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational picks or enter a daily Fantasy golf tournament on sites like FanDuel and DraftKings, be sure to check out what the team at SportsLine is projecting.

I've always been a fan of this golf course and remember playing here before it was even a World Golf Championship.

"It has always been one of my favorite golf courses on the entire tour", Woods said.

He has won eight times at Firestone, including the last of his 79 PGA Tour wins in 2013.

Molinari enjoyed a scheduled holiday after his victory in Scotland and he chose to keep the celebrations low key, getting used to having the Claret Jug in his possession after a busy summer, which has already seen the Italian win the European PGA Championship, The Open and the Quicken Loans National in America.

On Wednesday, Tiger told reporters the straight-forward course at Firestone, which is rare on the tour, will remain a special place to him. He hasn't been eligible to play in an WGC event since slipping outside the top-50 in the world rankings in 2015, but his climb back up the charts this year has been steady.

Alisson to debut for Liverpool against Napoli
But they are a club on the up. "It's pretty likely [he will play against Napoli]", Klopp told Liverpool's official website . The Brazilian rejoined the Reds squad in France this week, after his involvement in this summer's World Cup .

Day picked up birdies at the 11th and 13th and has avoided dropping a shot through his opening 10 holes to sit one back of Woods at two under. "I use it as a week to try and work on my game and if I get myself into contention, then that's just a bonus", said McIlroy.

"I am surprised he hasn't mentioned that yet ― which is nice", quipped Thomas, who will play alongside five-time major victor Phil Mickelson in the first two rounds, when Woods tees it up with Australian Jason Day.

The 14-time Major champion feels he is in good shape and ready to win again after recovering from a long-term injury.

"I play 36 holes all the time at home", he said. "Within a year to get down to 50, I think is a pretty good accomplishment", he smiled. The way that I tier players is relative to the field, so you might see some bigger names in the "middle tier" section that you usually wouldn't. I was ranked pretty far (No. 1,199) in the world there in December.

"Also, this is away from the stadium golf that we seem to play a lot now on Tour, and I'm just excited to be here and be able to play".

"I just feel like this week is an ideal time to work on a few things [ahead of next week's US PGA Championship]". There are also plenty of really good players who are in the middle tier range relative to the field like Zach Johnson, Adam Scott, and last years victor Hideki Matsuyama.

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