Our press officer at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational brings you a slice of all the action on and off the course…
Mickelson reveals Major dream
Open Champion Phil Mickelson revealed in his preview press conference at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational how he had had a vivid dream the night before the last round of the US Open Championship last month. Leading after 54 holes at Merion, Mickelson dreamed he won the trophy – a feeling so strong it took a few moments to dawn on him when he woke up that he had yet to even play. Although he then believed it was a premonition, it was not to be as Justin Rose captured his first Major victory, but the popular American made amends by lifting the Claret Jug for the first time at Muirfield. The man known as Lefty said the coolest thing about having the Claret Jug is giving his friends the opportunity to have a drink out of it. “Not many people can say they’ve done that,” he said.
Garcia in birdie pledge
The generosity and support given by professional golfers to charities and foundations is well known, and this week Sergio Garcia has promised to donate $1,000 to The First Tee for every birdie he makes during the rest of the season on the US PGA Tour, and $2,000 for every eagle. The First Tee aims to help young people through golf, and Garcia met children from the charity’s chapters in nearby Akron, Canton and Cleveland at the Firestone Country Club on Tuesday. The Spaniard, who formed ‘Sergio’s Foundation’ in 2002, said: “I’m very excited to be able to help support The First Tee and the good work it does in teaching young people the great life skills that are part of our sport. Now I’ve got to go make some birdies!”
Mikko flying solo
The late withdrawal Hunter Mahan, whose wife had their first baby at the weekend, left the field at 73 players at Firestone Country Club – meaning one player will have to play alone. That honour for the first two rounds went to Finn Mikko Ilonen, who after tweeting his fate received plenty of offers for partners on Thursday and Friday. No wonder when the course looks so amazing here – it’s every amateur’s (and many professionals’) dream to tackle the famed South Course in a field containing the finest players in the world.