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Nervous at the start, Justin Thomas was in full control at the Bridgestone Invitational to the end.

Justin Thomas tried valiantly to have Jarrod Lyle's yellow bucket hats shipped to OH so the world's best golfers could wear them during the WGG-Bridgestone Invitational.

Woods, an eight-time victor at Firestone, took the advantage at the hard par-4 18th hole (his ninth) when he drained a 50-foot monster birdie putt to climb to three under.

Rory McIlroy is joined by Ian Poulter, who has sat atop the leaderboard much of this tournament, three shots back of Thomas at T2.

She birdied the third, sixth, eighth, and 11th holes, and dropped her first shot of the major on the par-3 12th, a bogey.

Thomas fell behind early with two bogeys in three holes, and a 10-foot par save in between from behind the fourth green kept him from falling further behind.

And, armed with a comfortable four-stroke lead with five to play, Thomas ensured he stayed out of trouble and eased home with five rock-solid pars to win on 15 under - making him the final champion at Firestone as the event moves to Memphis next year.

Bhullar holed a 40-yard chip for eagle on the par-5 17th at Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course. And with only 71 players in the field, there is more money to go around.

"I was just trying to be as aggressive as possible and fire at everything", Woods said.




"I wanted that yellow hat and I asked [equipment manufacturer Titleist] if we could get some, but everything in stock was sent to Jarrod [in Australia], which is understandable". What made this one special was not only the time that had gone by since his last win, but who was waiting for him behind the 18th green. "I know it's one of Tiger's favorite courses, so I wanted to come up and see it", said Ralph Lee of Canton.

Sunday looks to be a great day of golf. "I can't really put it into words, honestly", he said.

"He's got a nasty streak in him, which I think you need out here".

The US PGA Championship - the final major of the year - begins on Thursday.

The Bridgestone Invitational field includes the top 50 players from the Official World Golf Ranking, along with members of the Presidents Cup teams and the winners of selected tournaments on the PGA Tour and other global tours.

"I know I'm playing well and I'm hitting my iron shots great", Day said.

"I only putted well the first day".

"I'm going to have to", Woods said of picking up the scoring pace in the third round.


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