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Tiger Woods 5 Strokes Behind the Leader After Friday

Sports Betting News - August 8th, 2009 - Written by Ryan Smith

Tiger Woods entered the second round, Friday morning of the WGC - Bridgestone Invitational only four strokes behind the leader Padraig Harrington, but day two would not go as planned for Tiger. After shooting a round of 68 on Thursday, the first round, Tiger manged to record only two birdies on Friday. The two Birdies would not be enough to help Tiger's score card, as he also hit two bogey's on the day. His first bogey came on the 3rd hole of the day, and it seemed as if Tiger was not going to have a good day from early on. 4 Pars later, and Tiger finally got his first birdie on the 8th hole, dropping his score back to even. Another birdie was recorded on the 16th hole, but yet again only two holes later, Tiger bogeyed the last hole of the day on the 18th green breaking even again. Tiger Tees off Saturday Afternoon for the third round of play at 12:50 pm, and hopes to have a better round today, as he is striving for his 5th PGA tour win this year.

Phil Mickelson is back on the Golf course this weekend, and despite not playing competitive golf for the last 6 weeks, he looks to have his swing back in motion at the Bridgestone Invitational. Phil Mickelson only managed to record an even round of 70 on Thursday, and only fallowed that up with a round 69 on Friday afternoon. Mickelson now stands just one under par, and 6 strokes behind the leader Padraig Harrington, with two rounds left to play this weekend. Phil started the day off showing signs of life, with an Eagle on the second hole of the day. Standing in the middle of the fair way, with a fair way wood in his hand, Mickelson swung , and dropped the ball 4 feet from the hole. Mickelson tapped in for Eagle, and seemed to be cruising early with 2 under, just two holes in on the day. Two bogey's soon fallowed the Eagle, on hole 9 and hole 10, dropping Mickelson's score back to even. The very next hole Phil Managed to put in a birdie, and finished with a one under par on the day and the tournament. Phil played well with his Irons, but constantly pushed the driver off the fair way, Phil will have to hit the driver with some more consistency to push for a victory on Sunday. Mickelson tees off at 12:01 on Saturday afternoon.

Padraig Harrington, the man in the lead after Friday's second round play, leads the tournament with a 7 under par. Harrington gained most of his strokes on Thursday, when he shot a 64, 6 under par. Harrington did not have the birdie filled day that he had on Thursday, in Friday's second round play Harrington only recorded 2 birdies. The first birdie came on the 2nd hole, but it was soon fallowed by a bogey on the 8th hole, bringing Harrington back down to even on the day. Harrington returned fire with another birdie on the 13th hole, but could not shoot under par after that. Harrington is still 7 under par, and one stroke ahead of Tim Clark, who trails behind at 6 under par. Harrington tees off Saturday afternoon at 2:00 pm, the latest tee off time possible for the day. Coverage of the third round play Saturday afternoon begins at 2:00 pm on CBS.

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