Golf: Rose takes early lead as Woods takes step back

First Published Aug 01 2014 09:41AM      Last Updated Aug 02 2014 11:10 pm

Marc Leishman, from Australia, hits from a fairway bunker on the ninth hole during the first round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament Thursday, July 31, 2014, at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. Leishman finished the day at 6-under par. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

Akron, Ohio • Justin Rose missed only two greens and built on his solid play Friday to take the early lead in the Bridgestone Invitational.

For Tiger Woods, it was a small step back.

Rose made four birdies in his round of 3-under 67 and took a one-shot lead over Marc Leishman among the early starters in the second round at Firestone. Rickie Fowler, a runner-up in the last two majors, added another 67 and was two shots behind.

Woods didn’t have much go his way. He hit only four fairways and couldn’t make a putt, which is not the best combination on this golf course. Woods said the only thing he did well was grind his way to a 71. He was seven shots behind Rose.





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