You Oughta Know: Bridgestone final round


Before the final round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, here are some things You Oughta Know.

• Jim Furyk knows how to close. He’ll take the lead or a share of the lead into a final round of a PGA Tour event for the 20th time in his career. He has won 10 of those.

• Furyk is going for his 17th PGA Tour title, his first World Golf Championship title. Furyk is playing in his 37th WGC event. Only Lee Westwood (40), Retief Goosen (39), Tiger Woods (39) and Ernie Els (38) have played in more.

• If Furyk holds on to win, he will earn the first wire-to-wire PGA Tour victory of his career. He also will become just the third player to win wire to wire at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Tiger Woods did it in 2000, Stewart Cink in ’04.

• Furyk is 42. Only one player who has won a World Golf Championship event has been older. Vijay Singh was 45 when he won the 2008 WGC-Bridgestone.

• Louis Oosthuizen, a shot behind Furyk, has won five European Tour events, seven Sunshine Tour events, but he is going for his first victory in the United States, a second PGA Tour title to add to his British Open title two years ago.

• Furyk, Keegan Bradley and Steve Stricker are looking to rack up Ryder Cup points this week in a bid to automatically qualify for the American Ryder Cup team. The top eight at the conclusion of the PGA Championship qualify. Bradley is ninth on the points list, Stricker 13th and Furyk 15th. Bradley and Stricker can crack the top eight with their Sunday finishes, but even a victory only gets Furyk to the doorstep, at No. 9.

• Rory McIlroy will regain the No. 1 world ranking if he wins and current No. 1 Luke Donald finishes outside the top 11, according to the PGA Tour.