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Furyk opens 4-shot lead with 66-66 start at Firestone

Second Round — World Golf Championships – Bridgestone Invitational — Firestone Country Club (South Course) — Akron, Ohio —

Jim Furyk, at age 45, continues to turn heads in the world of golf.

Furyk, who snapped his win-less streak earlier this season capturing the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town, fired a second straight 4-under-66 at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio to control the 36-hole lead at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

At 8-under, Furyk has a whopping four-shot lead through two rounds. The 6th-ranked player in the Official World Golf Ranking will tee off Saturday in the final pairing at 2:05 p.m. local time with Shane Lowry, who shot 4-under-66 in round two and jumped up 20 places. Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson — both 4-under and T-2 — are in the second-to-last pairing Saturday for round three.

First round leader Danny Lee (72), Graeme McDowell and Henrik Stenson are all T-5 at 3-under overall. 

Jordan Spieth, who has 12 Top 10s this season, broke par shooting 2-under-68. He is now T-8 heading into the weekend and within striking distance of the lead alongside Patrick Reed (67 on Friday), Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose and Jason Day.

Furyk opened the week as a 33-to-1 betting pick at www.ladbrokes.com. The 45-year-old finished fourth in the WGC-Cadillac Match Play earlier this season in San Francisco. He lost to eventual champion Rory McIlroy in the semi-finals.

Other Golf News:

  • Colin Montgmerie leads the Champions Tour’s Shaw Charity Classic in Canada after shooting 8-under-62 in the opening round. Monty, who won the Senior PGA Championship in May, was a co-betting favorite at 5-1 odds.
  • Phil Mickelson (76-70) continues throughout the weekend in Ohio at the no-cut WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Sitting T-62 in the 77-player field this week, Mickelson ranks 55th in the FedEx Cup Standings at the moment. For Tiger Woods (185th) and Martin Kaymer (165th), they both need points to qualify for the FedEx Cup Playoffs. PGA TOURKaymer is T-26 through 36 holes in Akron, while Woods is idle this week.
  • At the moment, Andres Gonzales and Brendan Steele are tied for the lead at +26 points (using the Modified Stableford Scoring System) at the PGA Tour’s Barracuda Championship in Reno, Nevada. Gonzales fired a 62 Friday to earn +21 points jumping him up 37 places into a tie for the lead.
  • McIlroy, World No. 1, is returning from injury next week at the PGA Championship. He will be grouped with Masters champion Spieth and Open winner Zach Johnson in the first rounds at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin at the season’s final major.