PGA Tour
Simultaneous Tournament: Reno-Tahoe Open
 
$8,500,000 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational Field
Firestone Country Club (South Course)
Par 70 - 7400 Yards
Akron, Ohio
Aug 4 - Aug 7, 2011
 
Robert Allenby
Stuart Appleby
Arjun Atwal
Aaron Baddeley
Thomas Bjorn
Keegan Bradley
Jonathan Byrd
Paul Casey
K.J. Choi
Stewart Cink
Darren Clarke
Jason Day
Luke Donald
Simon Dyson
Ernie Els
Rickie Fowler
Harrison Frazar
Jim Furyk
Sergio Garcia
Lucas Glover
Retief Goosen
Richard Green
Bill Haas
Anders Hansen
Peter Hanson
Padraig Harrington
Charley Hoffman
Yuta Ikeda
Ryo Ishikawa
Freddie Jacobson
Miguel Angel Jimenez
Dustin Johnson
Zach Johnson
Robert Karlsson
Martin Kaymer
Kyung-Tae Kim
Matt Kuchar
Martin Laird
Pablo Larrazabal
Hunter Mahan
Matteo Manassero
Graeme McDowell
Rory McIlroy
Phil Mickelson
Edoardo Molinari
Francesco Molinari
Ryan Moore
Alexander Noren
Sean O'Hair
Geoff Ogilvy
Louis Oosthuizen
Hennie Otto
Jeff Overton
Jae-bum Park
D.A. Points
Ian Poulter
Alvaro Quiros
Justin Rose
Rory Sabbatini
Charl Schwartzel
Adam Scott
Heath Slocum
Brandt Snedeker
Scott Stallings
Brendan Steele
Steve Stricker
David Toms
Bo Van Pelt
Jhonattan Vegas
Nick Watney
Bubba Watson
Lee Westwood
Mark Wilson
Gary Woodland
Tiger Woods
Y.E. Yang
 
NOTES
Tiger Woods returns to the course as the third World Golf Championships event kicks off Thursday at Firestone Country Club. Hunter Mahan collected his first WGC title at this event last year after firing a six-under 64 in the final round. The victory was Mahan`s third on the PGA Tour, and he is still looking for No. 4. Mahan`s 64 helped him rally past third-round leaders Ryan Palmer and Sean O`Hair. Palmer managed a one-under 69 to take second, while O`Hair struggled after a pair of early birdies and finished alone in fifth at minus-eight. The bigger story last year was the struggles of Woods. The seven-time Bridgestone winner had his worst finish as a professional (tied for 78th) his worst final round score as a pro (77) and his highest score in relation to par (18-over 298) as a pro. Woods was still clinging to the No. 1 spot in the world rankings at the time, but has since tumbled to 28th in the latest rankings. This week, Woods is playing for the first time since re-injuring himself at the Players Championship. He was first injured during the third round of the Masters, but completed the tournament. Woods tried to return at the TPC Sawgrass, but lasted only nine holes before limping off. Only Woods knows what kind of shape he is in, so it will be interesting to see if he can complete 72 holes. Woods has already committed to the PGA Championship next week, so he obviously feels healthy enough to get through both tournaments. The 77-player field includes 49 of the top 50 players from the last world rankings. The only player skipping the tournament is Tim Clark, who has been battling an elbow injury since the Masters. Golf Channel has four hours of coverage on Thursday and Friday, before CBS takes over with four hours of action on Saturday and five hours on Sunday.