Wednesday, 30 July 2014
Tiger Woods   (Getty Images)
Tiger Woods (Getty Images)

Tiger Woods believes a return to Firestone Country Club for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational this week will bring the best out of him.

The 38 year old has had a whole host of success at the venue in Ohio, where he won his eighth title a year ago thanks to a course record equalling 61 in the second round en route to winning by seven shots from compatriot Keegan Bradley and Sweden's Henrik Stenson.

Despite not finding his best form since returning from back surgery earlier in the year, Woods will take heart from the fact that he has performed so well here in the past.

The American said: “I'm excited to be back as I've had some pretty good memories here. I've had some pretty good rounds and certainly some great moments on this property. Any time I come back here, it's always a good solid feeling, and I'm looking forward to this week.

“There are certain golf courses like here, Torrey Pines, Bay Hill, even Augusta, where no matter what my form is going into those weeks, or on those particular venues, I just somehow feel good.

“It doesn't mean I'm going to play well, but I still have that feeling. Unfortunately, one year I didn't play very well here and I finished second to last. But other years I've finished first eight times, so that's actually a pretty good stat.”

World Number One Adam Scott is hoping to use the tournament in Ohio as a chance to build some momentum ahead of next week’s US PGA Championship, as he looks to add to the maiden WGC title he won at Firestone back in 2011.

He said: “My game's in good shape. It's really come up to a nice level during the summer, and I certainly would like to get the result I'm hoping for this week. 

“It would be great to do that moving into next week with the last Major of the year so close.”

Rickie Fowler finished in a share of second alongside Sergio Garcia at the 143rd Open Championship a few weeks ago, which was his third top five result in as many Majors in 2014, and the 25 year old is now looking forward to testing himself on the South Course this week.

He said: “It's been a lot of fun back here at Firestone, probably one of the better courses we play all year.

“It’s in great shape. It's a bit soft right now, but hopefully some of the rain can hold off, and we'll get a good golf course this weekend.”

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