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Firestone finale will feature four marquee pairings

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AKRON, Ohio – The final WGC-Bridgestone Invitational will feature a fitting few days of high-profile pairings as the world’s best players assemble at Firestone Country Club.

This week’s World Golf Championship, which will be relocated to Memphis next year and called the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, will be anchored by a foursome of marquee pairings, starting on Thursday with Rory McIlroy and defending champion Hideki Matsuyama teeing off at 10:20 a.m. (ET), and followed in the next group at 10:30 a.m. by Jason Day and Tiger Woods, who qualified at the 11th hour with his tie for sixth place at The Open two weeks ago.


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The afternoon wave will feature Justin Thomas and Phil Mickelson teeing off at 2 p.m.; followed by Dustin Johnson, last week’s winner at the RBC Canadian Open and the 2016 champion at Firestone, and Francesco Molinari, who is making his first start since becoming the first Italian to win a major earlier this month at Carnoustie.