After a family holiday in the Swiss Alps, Tiger Woods returns to competition seeking to climb to the summit of a ninth victory in what will this week be the last staging of the WGC – Bridgestone Invitational.
Woods headed off to Crans-Montana after finishing sixth in the Open Championship at Carnoustie and where he had led for close to 30-minutes through 10 holes of the final round.
The effort moved Woods to the World No. 50 and in an effort that helped secure his place in this week’s $10m event in Akron, Ohio.
Woods has dominated the Bridgestone since the tournament’s inception in 1999 winning eight times including the first three and again capturing three wins in succession from 2005.
His last victory anywhere was in capturing the 2013 Bridgestone and if he should claim success this week Woods would become the first male golfer anywhere to win the same event nine times.
And if so, it would come in the final Bridgestone Invitational as the event is heading next year to Memphis as the WGC – FedEx St. Jude Invitational.
“Well, I’ve always been a fan of this golf course ever since I first played here in ’97 so I’ve always enjoyed it,” he said.
“I remember playing here before it was even the World Golf Championships, the World Series of Golf so, it’s always been one of my favourite golf courses on the entire Tour and it’s unfortunate that it is leaving.”
“The people have always come out and supported this event. This has been one of the very few tournaments that is kind of a small-town atmosphere. It’s a very simple, straightforward golf course, which we don’t see very often anymore.
“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.
“But as far as the future of this event, I know it has to move and it has to go forward and off to Memphis, but it’s one of the reasons why I tried so hard to get in this event, is because it does mean something special to me.”
Woods will contest the opening round in the company of Australia’s Jason Day.