You Oughta Know: 2015 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

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AKRON, Ohio – A pair of former major champions are poised to battle it out for the title at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Here’s what You Oughta Know heading into the final round at Firestone Country Club, where Jim Furyk and Justin Rose share the lead:

- Furyk has a stellar record on the South Course, but he has yet to win on one of his favorite venues in 16 attempts. He finished second at this event in both 2001 and 2012.

- This is the 10th time since 2011 that Furyk carries at least a share of the 54-hole lead into the final round, the most of any player across that span. He failed to convert any of the previous nine chances into victory.

- Furyk broke a lengthy victory drought earlier this season at the RBC Heritage, and a victory would give him his first multi-win season since 2010, when he won the FedEx Cup.

- Rose has top-five finishes in two of the last three years at Firestone, and he has been on a tear this summer. His last four starts include a playoff loss at the Memorial, T-6 finish at the Open Championship and a T-4 finish at the Quicken Loans National.

- Rose fired a bogey-free 63 in the third round, just the second bogey-free round of the week. It came on the heels of a second-round 71 that featured 17 pars and a bogey.

- This is the 11th time Rose has held at least a share of the 54-hole lead. He converted three of those prior chances into wins, most recently at the Zurich Classic earlier this season.

- Shane Lowry is 7 under, two shots back after three rounds. The Irishman is a non-member on the PGA Tour but is on the verge of locking up full-time status for the 2015-16 season via the non-member earnings category.

- Lowry finished T-9 at the U.S. Open, and his best career PGA Tour finish came this year at the Farmers Insurance Open, where he finished T-7.

- Bubba Watson is four shots back, in search of his third win of the season. Watson also won the WGC-HSBC Champions in November and could become the first player with a pair of WGC wins in the same season since Tiger Woods in 2013.

- Australian Steven Bowditch matched the low score of the week with a third-round 63 and is tied for fourth. Bowditch entered the week at No. 12 in the Presidents Cup race, and a top-10 finish would likely put him inside the top 10 on the International standings.

- After a 2-over 72 in the third round, Jordan Spieth will begin the final round tied for 17th, nine shots back, and likely will not overtake Rory McIlroy for world No. 1 before next week’s PGA Championship.

- The winner of this event has gone on to win the PGA Championship the following week twice in the last eight years: Woods in 2007 and McIlroy last year.