Watson Leads Firestone

Bubba Watson leads the WGA Bridgestone Invitational after the opening round but the talking point of the day was Tiger Wood who carding a four over 74 which was his worst ever round at Firestone.

The world number one has previously won at Firestone seven times and would have been hoping that he could return to form this week at one of his most successful courses. Any hopes of that were put to rest on opening hole where Woods found the trees and ended with a bogey, most despair followed as his continued to card another three bogeys on the front nine.

“Only thing I did good today is I kept my patience out there,” he said.

Woods now finds himself 10 shots behind current leader Bubba Watson who finished the day six-under and two shots ahead of the following pack.

This is Watsons first time playing at Firestone and started the day impressively putting four back to back birdies on the opening nine and also hit a wonderful long putt on the 18th which secured him the lead.

A group of players follow Watson in joint second place with four-under, this includes Kenny Perry, the Australian Adam Scott, Graeme McDowell and Masters Champion Phil Mickelson.

If Phil Mickelson was to still find himself in second place on Sunday evening then he would take over Tiger Woods and become the new world number one. This is providing Tiger Woods continues to struggle on his once favourite course.

British pair Rory McIlroy and Paul Casey find themselves at two-under after putting respectable rounds of 68 but fellow countrymen Lee Westwood and Justin Rose found themselves one-over for the day.