Mahan, Casey and Sabbatini lead after tough day at Firestone
AKRON, Ohio— It has reached the point where everyone expects to see his name atop the leaderboard, and he got there Thursday at the Bridgestone Invitational with five birdies in a seven-hole stretch on a course that felt like a major. Indeed, Hunter Mahan is on a roll. Coming off four consecutive top 10s that included his first PGA Tour victory, Mahan overcame a sloppy double bogey with a torrid stretch of birdies for a 3-under 67, giving him a share of the lead with Paul Casey and Rory Sabbatini at the Bridgestone Invitational.
That other name that has become a fixture at Firestone — TigerWoods— didn’t fare too badly, either.
Woods is a five-time winner at Firestone and going after his third straight title in thisWorld Golf Championship. He opened with a 68 that included another memorable shot, this one a 5-wood from 245 yards in the right rough that he squeezed between two trees and just over the back of the green for a simple birdie on the par-5 second.
Mahanwas playing Firestone for the first time, but that doesn’t seem to matter.