Woods and McIlroy toil but finish within striking distance

Ruben Hill
August 4, 2018

Day fired a four-under-par 66 on day two to climb to nine under - two shots off the halfway pace set by English pair Ian Poulter and Tommy Fleetwood. He eventually finished three shots behind victor Francesco Molinari. "I just didn't hit the putts hard enough, but if I did, I would have easily shot 4-, 5-under par".

"I know that I've been close for awhile", said Thomas, who posted a first-round 69 at Carnoustie two weeks ago, only to miss the cut following a second-round 77. I hit it way down there on 13, left myself 30 feet.

Tiger Woods teased his fans with a hot start to his second round at the Bridgestone Invitational on Friday but could not maintain the run in a slightly disappointing day at a venue he has all but owned.

Woods, an eight-time victor at Firestone Country Club, has not won anywhere since his 2013 victory on the course, which is hosting the event for a final time before it moves to Memphis next year. Other names like Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Jon Rahm are all in the mix behind them and poised to charge to a victory with a big Saturday-Sunday finish.

"I'm playing well, I feel aggressive", Poulter told reporters in a post-round interview broadcast by the PGA Tour.

"Not that I hit bad wedge shots". "As silly as it sounds, I would have liked to have nicked another couple but any time you shoot eight-under-par on this golf course it's a great round of golf".

Poulter is now outside the automatic qualifying places for next month's Ryder Cup but insists simply being in Thomas Bjorn's side in Paris is all that matters.

The 36-year-old Australian golfer has stopped his cancer treatment to go into palliative care. "As long as I'm putting the shirt on at the end of September I don't mind whether I make it on merit or whether Thomas picks me". "I didn't drive it quite as well, I didn't putt quite as good as I wanted to. I've got a few tournaments left to put some more points on the board and I can just do what I can do and see what happens".

McIlroy hit only four fairways on day two at Firestone and made a number of misjudgements with wedges into the greens, but he stayed patient and salvaged an "eventful" 67 with threes at 17 and 18. "I was getting frustrated out there but that finish makes up for it".

Woods followed up a fine effort at the British Open, where he tied for sixth, with a decent first round score though the 14 times major champion was poised to hand in an unblemished card until a bogey at his final hole.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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