Thomas opens three-shot lead over McIlroy at Bridgestone

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"I'm glad I finally played well around here, just in time to leave", he said. "This is my first PGA Tour win with them here, so it's pretty cool".

Thomas led Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter by three shots overnight, and the Northern Irishman and Englishman tailed off in the final round.

This is only the fourth time he has been five shots or closer going into the weekend this year, but there are plenty of others around him.

Woods bounced back from a bogey on 10 with a birdie on 11, but he made two double bogeys, two bogeys and a birdie over the next five.

Tiger Woods tees off on the 13th hole during the first round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament at Firestone Country Club on August 2, 2018.

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Paul was a career club professional and played at Firestone in the 1960 US PGA Championship, missing the 54-hole cut. Tiger Woods fired a 68 to stand on six under.

"We think this tournament is good for the city, it's good for the Northeast Ohio region, with all the visitors and guests here", said Janelle Lee, from Canton.

Justin Thomas tried valiantly to have Jarrod Lyle's yellow bucket hats shipped to OH so the world's best golfers could wear them during the WGG-Bridgestone Invitational.

PGA golfer Tommy Fleetwood tees off on the 17th hole during the second round of the WGC - Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament at Firestone Country Club - South Course. The round included just one bogey, two birdies and 15 pars, but ended emotionally for J.T. "This is one of the most toughest courses in the entire country", said Ken Wilmoth from North Canton.

"I should have been giving myself looks for birdies on that back nine and I was having to hole five and six-footers for par so it was nice to finish like that".

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As for Firestone, it has been an unbelievable run for Woods at the course that will no longer be host for the tournament - it is moving to Memphis next year. I loved playing here, even when it was the World Series of Golf.

Thomas came into this week at Firestone, the last event in this course's history, fifth overall in total strokes gained on the PGA Tour but no worse than 51st in any specific category.

The World Golf Championship will move to Memphis in 2019. A birdie at No. 10 put him three shots behind, but that was all he had.

Thomas was far from his best as he played the opening 12 holes in level par and both Stanley and Jason Day eventually closed to within two shots, only to promptly bogey the next two holes. He shot 69 for an easy four-stroke victory over fellow American Kyle Stanley, with Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen and Dustin Johnson tied third.

Much earlier, the sweat had poured off Tiger Woods on to an error-strewn card showing a back nine featuring just one par.

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McIlroy was satisfied with a bogey-free round, particularly the quality of his driving, as he smashed his tee shots more than 300 yards with monotonous regularity.

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