AKRON, Ohio – With his 9-under 61 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Friday, Tiger Woods tied his own Firestone Country Club course record that he previously already shared with Jose Maria Olazabal.
When asked to compare this round to the 61 he posted in the second round of the 2000 edition of this event, Woods gave the slight edge to that one.
“I would have to say that was probably a little bit more difficult to do, coming off of the PGA win,” he said. “We're all pretty tired at the time. … You have to remember, I was in a playoff, and to try and win three in a row that year, the emotional energy that that took, it was tough. My practice rounds were absolutely dreadful. I didn't hit it worth a darn. I would hit snipes and blocks and whatever.
“I didn't really care, until Thursday came along and all of a sudden I got my juices flowing come Thursday and my tournament built from there, and I shot 61.”
Friday’s 61 matched his low career PGA Tour round. In addition to the two here at Firestone, he also matched the total at the 1999 Byron Nelson Championship and 2005 Buick Open.