Second Round Update — World Golf Championships — WGC-Bridgestone Invitational — Firestone Country Club — Akron, Ohio —
After shooting 6-under-64 in the opening round Thursday at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Marc Leishman is picking up right where he left off.
The Aussie is 1-under through 12 holes Friday in round two at Firestone Country Club in Akron. At 7-under overall, he leads a host of four players by two shots including Graham DeLaet, Justin Rose, Ryan Moore and Charl Schwartzel.
Moore and Schwartzel have yet to tee off in round two after opening with 65s Thursday. J.B. Holmes and Jim Furyk are both on the course and making a move into the Top 10 at the moment.
Leishman, 30, has four Top 5s on the PGA Tour this season including a runner-up effort at Torrey Pines at the Farmers Insurance Open. He also finished 5th place recently at the Open Championship. Ranked No. 51 in the Official World Golf Ranking, Leishman was a 66-to-1 betting selection to win the title heading into the week at www.ladbrokes.com.
Eight-time WGC-Bridgestone Invitational champion Tiger Woods was just inside the Top 10 after day one. He shot 68 alongside Sergio Garcia, Brandt Snedeker and Keegan Bradley in the opening round. Woods is 1-over through six holes and has slipped to T-18 at the moment.
Other Golf News:
- Nick Watney raced out to the lead in the PGA Tour’s Barracuda Championship after shooting a bogey-free 63 Thursday and tallying +18 points in the Modified Stableford scoring system in Reno. Watney, who has missed four of his last six cuts on tour, is up to +19 points overall through three holes in round two. He leads a charging Rod Pampling by two points.
- The Champions Tour’s 3m Championship is underway at TPC Twin Cities. Charles Schwab Cup standings leader Bernhard Langer is the outright betting favorite at 3-1.
- Aussie Geoff Ogilvy, a former U.S. Open champion, was bogey-free in his opening round in Reno shooting 64 and carding +16 points. The 37-year-old Ogilvy has yet to tee it up Friday. Like Watney, his best finish of 2014 has been a T-11 effort.
- Dustin Johnson, 16th ranked in the world, announced he is taking a leave of absence from professional golf. He cited mental and physical health reasons. DJ last won in October at the WGC-HSBC Champions in China.