Aug 7th, 2015
Danny Lee-ds the way!!!
G-Mac chasing his tail at WGC Bridgestone Invitational
Words: Conor Froud Photography: Getty Images
It was a thrilling first day of action at the Bridgestone Invitational and on the second year anniversary of Tiger Woods' trophy drought it was a compelling day of twists and turns with lots of fantastic golf.
It was Danny Lee who was the first round leader with a sensational five under par 65. The New Zealander mixed seven birdies with two bogeys to top the leaderboard. After already winning the Greenbrier Classic last month the in form 25 year old looks like he could go all the way and win his first World Golf Championship at Firstone Country Club.
It's also been a very positive start for the Brits with five players in the top 14. From Graeme McDowell to Lee Westwood all of the well known experienced Brits seem to be flying this week. G-Mac admitted he had been 'driving the ball really well'. Whilst he's only had one top ten finish this year, after going back to basics Graeme’s form seems to have taken a u-turn. He made four birdies on the front nine, before tying the lead on five under with a birdie on the tenth. A bogey on the 12th left him on back of the lead on four under par.
Rickie Fowler, the winner of the Scottish Open, was a shot further back on three under along with the on form Justin Rose. At two under English trio Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Golf Punk's very own Paul Casey found themselves showing encouraging signs this week. Casey joked after the round he had 'no clue what was going on' after taking a complete two week break from golf before this Championship begun. Despite not winning this year he insisted that he didn't “feel disappointed” with the way he has played and that he is “moving in the right direction.”
However world number two Jordan Speith stuttered to an opening round of 70 and it looked like a struggle for the man who could displace Rory Mcilroy as the new World Number one if he wins. Speith's putter wasn't red hot like we've been used to seeing this year and it made all the difference to his scorecard.
A few surprising scores included an erratic two over par from Louis Oosthuizen who has been widely fancied this week by everyone apart from our man in the know the Golf Spiv, who said not to back him on U.S. soil. He wasn’t helped by a double bogey on the 17th, while poor old Phil Mickelson collapsed to a six over par 76, definitely not Lefty's best day at the office.