Watson Early Leader

Whilst none of the big guns, shooting for the illustrious world number one spot, have left the clubhouse yet Bubba Watson will be happy in his opening six under which gives him an early lead in this year’s WGC Bridgestone Invitational.

The American holed a fantastic 38ft putt on the 18th to finish on a round of 64 which could very well leave him among the top come the end of action on the first day. Kenny Perry finished with a bogey free 66 with Chad Campbell finishing on 67.

The best of the action is surely to come later on in the day when the likes of Westwood, Woods and Casey all take to the stage.

Phil Mickelson managed to scrape together a round of one-under-par by making three birdies on the last five holes. Mickelson is one of the outsiders that could take the number one spot from Tiger Woods but would require him to finish fourth of better but he is currently four shots off the pace.

The current FedEx Cup leader, Ernie Els, is looking to add to his two wins this season. However his last 5 appearances at Firestone have left him outside of the top 20. Els is determined to change his fortunes at this years major.

“Never really had great success around here, but I feel a bit of urgency this week, because of my form the last month or so in Europe,” Els said. “I didn’t play very well, so I’d like to get something going, some form going, before we get to the PGA.”