You Oughta Know: WGC-Bridgestone Invitational


With one round remaining at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, the biggest question appears to have shifted from whether or not Tiger Woods will hold the trophy Sunday afternoon to what his final margin of victory will be. Here's what You Oughta Know heading into the final round at Firestone Country Club, where Woods leads by seven strokes over his nearest competitor:

• Woods' seven-shot advantage after 54 holes marks the 12th time in his career that he has led by at least five shots heading into the final round of a PGA Tour event. He has converted each of the previous 11 instances into wins, most recently at the 2009 BMW Championship where he turned a seven-shot lead into an eight-shot margin of victory.

• Remarkably, this is the third time that Woods has appeared to have the event already in hand after just three rounds at Firestone. In 1999, he took a five-shot lead into the final round and held on to win by one over Phil Mickelson, while the following year he led by nine shots through three rounds and went on to win by 11 over Justin Leonard and Phillip Price.

• Should he increase his advantage by the conclusion of play Sunday, it would become just the 10th instance in which Woods has won a PGA Tour event by eight shots or more. Included among that list in addition to his romp at Firestone in 2000 is the 2000 British Open which he won by eight, the 1997 Masters which he won by 12 and the 2000 U.S. Open which he won by 15 shots, the largest margin of victory in his professional career.

• Woods' seven-shot lead after three rounds marks the largest such advantage at a PGA Tour event since the 2011 U.S. Open, when Rory McIlroy took an eight-shot lead into the final round at Congressional Country Club. Prior to this week, the largest 54-hole lead on Tour was Phil Mickelson's six-shot cushion heading into the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, where he ultimately won by four shots.

• Despite the chasm between him and his nearest competitor, history indicates Woods will likely challenge par during the final round Sunday on the par-70 South Course. Across his PGA Tour career, the 78-time winner boasts a 70.5 scoring average when holding at least a share of the 54-hole lead.

• In a statistic unlikely to change, Woods has forfeited a 54-hole advantage only four times during his career. The largest lead he held after three rounds that did not translate into a victory was two shots, as Y.E. Yang passed him at the 2009 PGA Championship despite starting the day two behind Woods.

• Should he hold on to win Sunday, it would mark the 10th season in which Woods has won at least five times on the PGA Tour in one calendar year. A victory would also mark Woods' 18th career WGC victory in just his 42nd start in a WGC event.

• With a victory, Woods would equal a record he already shares with Sam Snead for most wins in a single PGA Tour event. Already a winner seven times at Firestone, Woods has also won eight times at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, most recently this past March, while Snead won the Greater Greensboro Open eight times during his career.