There's a reason Tiger Woods enjoys Firestone Country Club's South Course so much.
This year, it's actually 1,500,000 reasons plus eight.
The top purse looks like a lock for Woods, who's already staked claim to the title here seven times and looks to repeat as an octo-winner barring any major mishaps after a confident and consistent round extended his -13 lead at the start of Saturday's play into a commanding performance to hold at -15 under and a seven-stroke lead over the nearest challenger, Henrik Stinson.
Players went out in threesomes Saturday on later tee times between 11:00 and 1:10 p.m. due to threatened storms in the morning that never really materialized. Overall, a half-inch of rain fell on the course overnight leaving greens moist enough that nearly every ball hitting them left marks. The sun and moderate winds through the afternoon, however, left the putting game faster as the day wore on and the course in great shape.
Even with a 68 round most would give their eye-teeth for, Woods says he was "just grinding it" to finish atop the leaderboard close to the lead he built after Friday's remarkable 61 score.
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Round 4 tee times for the leaders pair Woods and Stinson at 2:05 p.m. with Jason Dufner and Luke Donald ten minutes earlier. Gates open at 7:00 Sunday morning and the first golfers will tee off in pairs at 8:10 a.m. Sunday's forecast is expected to bring perfect temperatures for both players and spectators with sunny skies, winds out of the northwest around 10 miles per hour and an unseasonably-cool high of 72.
A reminder: The WGC Bridgestone Invitational now has marshals charged with enforcing strict cell-phone use restrictions when golfers are on the tees and approaching greens, as well as in the fairways making shots. Phones will be confiscated -- even if just used for texting or taking an illicit photo prohibited by the PGA. Owners are given claim checks to recover their property at the main gate, but not until the end of play. The phone enforcer teams can be spotted wearing neon lime-green caps.