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Watch: Rory McIlroy And Tiger Woods Have Superb First Rounds At Firestone

The prestigious WGC-Bridgestone Invitational is underway at Firestone for the final time.

The event will move to Memphis next year, but Tiger Woods is set for a fond farewell to a course he’s won on no less than eight times.

Starting on the back nine, Woods’ superb approach to the 11th hole yielded an early birdie (footage via PGATour.com).

Another would follow on the par five 16th, and he rounded off an outward 32 with this ridiculous putt on 18.

Four pars preceded another pair of birdies on holes five and seven, and the WGC-Bridgestone master was atop the leaderboard.

A failed up and down on the ninth after finding a fairway bunker would lead to a dropped shot though, with Woods carding a -4 round of 66 which currently puts him just outside the top ten.

Off to an even better start is Rory McIlroy. The winner of the event in 2014, McIlroy’s putting finally matched his imperious ball striking.

He made a 13 footer on the 11th to gain a stroke, though he had to wait until the 18th for his next birdie, helped by a mammoth 342 yard drive.

There were no bogeys on those first nine holes however, and he continued in that vein on the front nine, with three birdies coming at holes two, three and five. A blemish free round of 65 is good enough for the top five at present, just two shots off leaders Kyle Stanley and Ian Poulter on -7.

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Author: Chris Kelleher

Student whose interests lie in sports ranging from Darts to MMA, with the likes of Golf, Boxing and Soccer in between. Closet wrestling fan and a lover of sports psychology and stiff jabs.