Garcia’s 61 sets tone for weekend at WGC-Bridgestone

Weekend Preview – World Golf Championships –WGC-Bridgestone Invitational –Firestone Country Club – Akron, Ohio –

Sergio Garcia’s second-round, course-tying record 61 sets the stage for an action-packed weekend at Firestone Country Club at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Garcia, 5th in the Official World Golf Ranking, carded a back-nine 27 en route to the overall lead at 11-under. He leads World No. 4 Justin Rose, a former U.S. Open champion by three strokes through 36 holes.

At 7-under is second-ranked Rory McIlroy, fresh off his Open Championship triumph. He is T-3 alongside Aussie Marc Leishman. Rickie Fowler and former Masters champ Charl Schwartzel at 6-under overall.

Defending champion Tiger Woods shot 71 in round two. He is T-25 at 1-under overall.

The no-cut event allows for lots of leader board movement all weekend. Third-round tee times have been moved up due to weather concerns. Players will tee off in split times in threesomes. The final group – featuring Garcia, Rose and Leishman – tee off at 9 a.m. local time.

Garcia entered the week as a 25-to-1 betting selection at heading into Akron. The Spaniard was T-2 at the Open Championship. He last won back in January at the Qatar Masters on the European Tour.

Look for Rose to apply pressure with him momentum. The Englishman won in June at the PGA Tour’s Quicken Loans National and then in July on the European Tour at the Scottish Open.

Other Golf News:

  • World No. 3 Henrik Stenson, who has shot to become No. 1 with a victory and some help, shot 66 Friday including three birdies, an eagle-2 at the par-4 10th hole and a bogey. He is 3-under overall and T-12 alongside top-ranked Adam Scott, Matt Kuchar, Thomas Bjorn and Jim Furyk, a runner-up last week in Canada.
  • Ryan Moore failed to back up his 65 Thursday at Firestone. He shot 73 and slipped 16 places to T-18.
  • After shooting 77 in the opening round, U.S. Open and Players champion Martin Kaymer rallied to card a 68 in round two. He is T-58 with two rounds to play.