Pieters, Johnson share lead at Bridgestone Invitational

Kelvin Reese
August 7, 2017

Trailing by two shots against Jimmy Walker to start the third round, he ran off three straight birdies to seize control and looked as though he might run away from the field.

Playing the event for the very first occasion, Hend took advantage of his significant power from the tee to produce the best round of the day and improve 10 positions from his overnight share of 13th and he now has the opportunity to gain access to the PGA Tour with a win tomorrow and to take a healthy share of some of the US$9.75 million. This week and beyond, the consensus is growing that although others will no doubt intrude from time to time on their private party, it is these...

"I felt like I could have got a lot more out of it", McIlroy said. "I just need to see a couple of putts drop". (Today) I've just got to ... hit fairways.

Pieters, who won a record four points on his Ryder Cup debut at Hazeltine previous year after being given a wild card by European captain Darren Clarke, then birdied the fifth and eighth before dropping his first shot of the day on the ninth.

Pieters failed to get up and down from the fringe at 17, but he finished on a high as he holed from over 30 feet for a closing birdie which capped a 66 moments after Johnson had rounded off a 65 with his third birdie over the last five holes.

Johnson also birdied the last hole at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, briefly taking sole possession of the lead before Pieters, who led by as many as three strokes, joined him.

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First-round leader Thomas Pieters of Belgium was alone in second after adding a level-par 70 to his opening 65.

Hideki Matsuyama shot 67 and was two shots behind.

"Anywhere I have a chance to win I'll definitely take it", said Pieters, who has won three times on the European Tour.

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - I.K. Kim stood on the first tee at the Women's British Open and seemed to have everything going against her. Three bogeys in the space of five holes on the back nine knocked the big-hitting Belgian back, but he found the target with a 32-foot birdie try at the last. "I didn't help myself by missing a few chances as soon as we came back out".

He carded six birdies with just one bogey en route to a 36-hole total of seven-under 133. "I was able to judge the distance right and it kind of rolled up to the top of the hill and trickled back and went in". Lexi Thompson, who started the third round two shots behind, stumbled to 74 and wound up 10 shots back.

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