Grading the Bridgestone Invitational
A tournament that gave us a ton of drama also gave us something we've been lacking all season: Fun.
If you missed the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational you actually missed quite a bit. That's one of the first times we can say that about a non-major this season. Here's a quick recap of the last 18 holes:
1. Phil Mickelson shot a 62 and hit 11 greens in regulation (see video above).
2. Tiger Woods re-injured his back and had to withdraw.
3. Sergio Garcia hit the diamond off a woman's ring in the gallery.
4. Adam Scott lost his world No. 1 ranking.
5. Rory McIlroy got it.
6. Sergio Garcia didn't blow the tournament but he didn't exactly shut it down either.
7. Rory McIlroy is a boss.
Before the day started McIlroy said he was trying to shoot a 63 and that seemed like a cocky thing to say except that he's 1. Rory McIlroy and 2. So locked in I'm not even sure he knows what continent he's on right now.
The best thing that happened (of the many things that happened) was that we got a crazy-good leaderboard on the back nine of a big-time tournament in a year when we haven't received very many of those.
There was Scott trying to hang on to No. 1 and there were Rory and Sergio trading crazy long drives and one-liners up and down the fairways of Firestone Country Club.
It was ... gasp ... really fun.
I know that Tiger will be the headline and we'll try to project 239 PGA Tour wins or something crazy like that onto the rest of Rory's career, but I hope we enjoy this for what it was.
As McIlroy's putt dropped on the 72nd hole he turned around to a huge smile and embrace from his buddy Garcia, who had just shot a 1-over 71.
Garcia knew, though, like McIlroy, that this was a tremendous tournament with a great champion. Something we haven't had enough of this season.
Here are our grades for the 2014 Bridgestone Invitational:
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