ST ANDREWS SCOTLAND - JULY 18: Tiger Woods of the USA waits on the first green during the final round of the 139th Open Championship on the Old Course St Andrews on July 18 2010 in St Andrews Scotland. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

2010 Bridgestone Invitational: Bubba Watson Leads At 6-Under, Tiger Woods Imploding

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2010 Bridgestone Invitational, First Round: Bubba Watson Leads, Phil Mickelson Tied For Second, Tiger Woods Struggling

With the afternoon groups finishing up their rounds at the first round of the 2010 Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, Bubba Watson has a two-shot lead. Watson fired a 6-under 64 that included seven birdies and a single bogey, to open up a two shot gap on the trio of Phil Mickelson, Kenny Perry and Adam Scott.

Mickelson recorded six birdies on the day, including a bogey-free front nine, before giving a pair of shots back to finish at 4-under with Perry and Scott. Chad Campbell and Sean O'Hair were a shot back at 3-under, with notables Steve Stricker and Rory McIlroy in the hunt at 2-under.

Meanwhile, noted golf enthusiast Tiger Woods is in the process of having his worst round since returning to golf back in April. Woods is currently 5-over through 16 holes; a disastrous round that has tied for third to last. Woods got off to an inauspicious start with back-to-back bogeys, and never recovered: he got his only birdie of the day on the sixth hole, and aside from that it's only been bogeys (four more to be exact) and pars for Woods.

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Tiger Woods, Anthony Kim To Play In Bridgestone Invitational

The Cleveland area hasn't exactly had a positive summer when it comes to the world of sports. A little bit of good news was announced on Wednesday, however: Tiger Woods will make the trip to Akron to defend his title in the World Golf Championships - Bridgestone Inviational next weekend, August 3-8 at Firestone Country Club.

From the Plain Dealer:

Defending champion Tiger Woods has committed to next week's World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, August 3-8 at historic Firestone Country Club, tournament officials today announced. Woods can equal Sam Snead's PGA TOUR record of eight victories in the same event with a win next week.

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Woods earned his seventh-career triumph at the Bridgestone Invitational in 2009, outlasting 54-hole leader Padraig Harrington and Australian Robert Allenby for a four-stroke victory. In 10 previous starts at Firestone Country Club, Woods is a cumulative 103-under-par with 29 rounds in the 60s, and he has never finished lower than T4. Woods will return to action for the first time since he finished T23 at the British Open Championship two weeks ago at St. Andrews.

Bridgestone will be Tiger's eighth start of 2010.  In the previous seven starts, Woods has two top 10 finishes with his fourth place tie at the Masters being his best result.

The tournament will also see the return of 25-year-old American, Anthony Kim, who has been out for the past three months following thumb surgery.  Kim finished third, one spot ahead of Woods, at the Masters.

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