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Tiger set to pounce after rampaging finish at Firestone

A sizzling run of four birdies in the last six holes put Tiger Woods in position to clinch a record seventh victory at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational after yesterday's third round.

The world number one knocked in a six-footer at the 13th, drained a 15-footer from the fringe at the 15th and hit a wedge approach to a foot on 16 before sinking a seven-footer at the last.

A sparkling five-under-par 65 on a rain-softened Firestone Country Club layout left Woods three strokes behind pacesetting Irishman Padraig Harrington, who has led the tournament since the opening round.

"I've always felt comfortable here, there's no doubt," Woods told reporters after posting a seven-under total of 203.

"Certain golf courses no matter how I'm playing going in, I always feel very comfortable once I get there.

"They just fit your eye. You just feel comfortable on tee shots, you feel comfortable with the approaches. You understand how to play the golf course."

Woods has not finished worse than a tie for fourth in nine starts at the Bridgestone Invitational, eight of those coming at Firestone.

"You just let it come to you, let it happen," he said of his strategy on the tree-lined par-70 layout. "You keep plodding along, keep playing, keep putting the ball in correct position.


"If do you that on each and every hole, you're going to have the opportunity to make putts. You keep doing that here and there, all of a sudden you move up the board.

"You start forcing a few things, on a golf course like this you're going to pay the price and it's hard to get it back. It's hard to make a lot of birdies here."

Woods has triumphed 69 times on the PGA Tour, with 19 of those achieved after coming from behind in the final round.

Although only five of those came when trailing by three shots or more, two of them occurred this year when he made up five strokes at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and four at the Memorial tournament.

"I'm going to have to play good golf to win this tournament," Harrington said of his bid for a first victory on either the PGA or European tours since last year's PGA Championship.

"I realise I'm going to have a difficult day, that's for sure. A three-shot lead, is that enough? Probably not," he added with a laugh.

"This golf course has obviously been very good for Tiger. He's played well on it in the past and done well, so I don't think anything is going to be easy tomorrow."


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