Tiger Woods wins Bridgestone Invitational for eighth time

Tiger Woods won the Bridgestone Invitational again. (USATSI)
Tiger Woods won the Bridgestone Invitational again. (USATSI)

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All day the trophy presentation at the Bridgestone Invitational was a mere formality. Heck, the entire final round was basically a formality after Tiger Woods' 61 on Friday essentially gave him the tournament.

Woods made sure there was no drama in sight for America's most-watched network.

He made par on every hole on the front nine and then only produced one birdie and one bogey on the back nine en route to a final-round 70 and seven-stroke win over Keegan Bradley and Henrik Stenson.

Here's a look at his scorecard:

After his round Woods told CBS' David Feherty he loves the Bridgestone Invitational.

"I don't know what it is. It just fits my eye, I've felt comfortable here. For some reason it just comes out and I put it together."

It is the eighth time he's won this tournament, which is more times than Luke Donald, Matt Kuchar, Rory McIlroy, and Brandt Snedeker have won total tournaments on the PGA Tour.

Oh, and should I mention this is the second tournament Woods has won eight times -- he's also won the Arnold Palmer Invitational and won eight times at Torrey Pines as well (though one of those was in the US Open -- like that makes it worse or something).

The win is also Woods' fifth on the year which means this is the 10th time (the 10th time!) he's won five or more times in a PGA Tour season. The next closest is Sam Snead with eight such seasons.

Woods closed the gap on Snead for all-time PGA Tour wins as well. He now trails Snead by just three as this is the 79th of his career. I kind of think he's going to get to 82.

If you're a Tiger fan though and you're looking for a trend line as we head to the PGA Championship next week, no such luck. Justin Ray of ESPN noted that since Woods won the US Open in 2008 he's won his last PGA Tour start before a major eight times and, obviously, not sealed the deal on any of those eight majors.

He's playing pretty great though and as Paul Azinger pointed out, Oak Hill is a lot like Firestone. If Woods can coerce his driver into the fairways and find his putter on the weekend, I mean, would you bet against him right now?

Woods knew what his gameplan was all day at Firestone.

"I was just trying to make pars. This was a perfect day to protect. It was hard to shoot a low number but it was easy to shoot a number around par."

He entered the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational as the I-75 favorite. I had to clarify on Twitter that that wasn't a typo.

Neither is this:

Tiger by a touchdown in Ohio on football Hall of Fame day.


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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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