Tiger commits to World Golf event in Akron
World number one Tiger Woods has committed to defend his title at the World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational next week at Firestone Country Club, where he has won seven times.
Orlando (Florida): World number one Tiger
Woods has committed to defend his title at the World Golf
Championships Bridgestone Invitational next week at Firestone
Country Club, where he has won seven times.
Woods announced on his website that he will make the 8.5
million-dollar event his eighth start of a comeback season in
the wake of a sex scandal. Woods is off to his worst career
start of a campaign, having yet to win a 2010 event.
Woods has never finished lower than fourth at the WGC
event in Akron, Ohio, but has not won since details of his
adultery scandal surfaced last November.
In taking the 1.4 million-dollar Bridgestone top prize
last year, Woods fired two rounds of 65 on the weekend to
defeat Ireland`s Padraig Harrington and Australian Robert
Allenby by four strokes.
That victory made Woods the first player to win the same
stroke play event seven times on the same course, having
previously won at Firestone from 1999-2001 and 2005-2007.
Sam Snead owns the record with eight titles at a single
event in Greensboro, North Carolina, but those came upon
Woods will use the event as a tuneup for the year`s final
major tournament, the PGA Championship, which will be staged
the following week at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin.
Woods, a 14-time major winner, is chasing the all-time
record of 18 majors won by Jack Nicklaus. But he is also
pursuing Nicklaus and Snead in another win mark, the all-time
PGA championship record.
With 71 PGA Tour titles, Woods stands two shy of Nicklaus
for second on the all-time title list that Snead leads with
Woods is coming off a share of 23rd at the British Open
earlier this month at St. Andrews. He shared fourth at the
Masters, his comeback event after a five-month layoff, and the
US Open in this year`s other major championships.
Woods last won a US PGA event at last year`s BMW
Championship, the third event of the US PGA playoffs. This
year, he might struggle simply to qualify for a chance to
defend that crown.
Despite having twice won the US PGA playoff crown, Woods
ranks only 107th in this year`s points race, which concludes
in Greensboro the week after the PGA Championship. Only the
top 125 in the points race reach the playoff field.