Pi­eters takes one-shot lead at Fire­stone

Cape Breton Post - - Sports -

Rory McIl­roy had his best friend on the bag and his best start on Amer­i­can soil in 18 months. For Jor­dan Spi­eth, it was more of the same with two long putts and an­other com­ment filled with bravado di­rected at his cad­die. Both of them opened with a 3-un­der 67 at the Bridge­stone In­vi­ta­tional, leav­ing them two shots be­hind Thomas Pi­eters of Bel­gium. Pi­eters, play­ing only for the sixth time since he chal­lenged briefly at the Mas­ters this year, holed a 30-foot birdie putt on his fi­nal hole at Fire­stone to fin­ish a day of good scor­ing with a one-shot lead over Rus­sell Knox. Adam Had­win of Ab­bots­ford, B.C., is three shots back af­ter a 68 while Mackenzie Hughes of Dun­das, Ont., strug­gled to a 74.

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