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Woods & McIlroy Stay In Touch With Leaders Heading Into WGC Bridgestone Weekend

Both superstars got off to fine starts in the WGC Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone, with Tiger shooting a -4 round of 66, and McIlroy going one better.

As the likes of Tommy Fleetwood and Justin Thomas had second rounds of 63 and 64 respectively to tie leader Ian Poulter, the duo are staying in touch ahead of the weekend.

Woods’ eight wins around here has been reflected in his play, but the round got off to a bad start.

His first drive went into the rough, leaving too much to do to make par. Birdie putts on holes two and three got him under par for the day within three holes though.

Another birdie saw him go out in 33, but the highlight of the day so far was this magnificent approach to the 12th, arguably the toughest hole on the course.

A bogey followed on 14 after a pair of poor shots to begin with though, putting him at -6 for the event.

2014 WGC Bridgestone winner McIlroy had a better start to the day.

Despite a massively wild drive to the left, he made birdie on the par fiveĀ 2nd, before sinking this fine 20 footer on the fifth for another.

Another poor drive led to a dropped shot on the next, which was recovered on the par three 7th after his approach to within seven feet of the hole.

Although he had just 93 yards to the 10th green after a booming drive down the middle, the Ulsterman made bogey after his approach went through the green, leading to a failed up-and-down.

He’ll be disappointed with only gaining one stroke thus far today, but there’s a long way to go in this quality appetiser for the PGA Championship.

Both players are on -6, five behind the trio of leaders.

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