Justin Thomas wins in Firestone's WGC finale

Woods hit only one fairway over the second half of his round

"When I had my (final) putt, I marked it and turned around and just happened to see my parents, saw my grandma and grandpa, and I just got a huge knot in my throat and had to put my head down". He'd just won the final installment of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone surrounded by family.

"I'm going to have a chance", Poulter said.

Also the 2014 and 2015 victor at TPC Twin Cities, the 57-year-old Perry matched Hale Irwin's tournament record of three victories in the final edition of the event that started in 1993. Playing two groups in front of Perry, Short got within two shots with three holes to go, but Perry made a birdie putt at 16 for a three-shot cushion.

Day crept within two shots after three successive birdies from the 10th hole, only to drop five shots in the next five holes and shoot 73. "I like to hit driver as much as possible, and this course allows me to do that, and to be aggressive".

Sweeter than capturing his first World Golf Championship was the sight behind the 18th green Sunday. A birdie at No. 10 put him three shots behind, but that was all he had.

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Tiger Woods, an eight-time victor at Firestone, started 11 shots behind and figured he would go out with a bang by playing aggressively.

"Things could have certainly gone better", Woods said.

Thomas could not have asked for a better week.

But Leishman says he will take positives from contending at the elite, 71-man WGC into the year's final major - which starts Thursday at Bellerive Country Club in St Louis, Missouri.

Firestone has held tour events since the Rubber City Open in 1954.

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World number three Thomas was pleased his score reflected the quality of his game as he warms up to defend his PGA Championship title next week.

Straka earned $121,500 to jump from 130th to 29th on the money list with $145,000, with two events left to get into the top 25 and earn a PGA Tour card. Starting in 2019, the Bridgestone Invitational will be moving to Memphis, according to Golf.com.

The trio made the most of flawless morning scoring conditions, finishing the second round on 11-under 129, two strokes in front of American Kyle Stanley, who carded a 68 and Australian Jason Day, who produced a four-under 66 in the afternoon. Stanley closed with a 68. Not to worry. His 73 gave him a tie for sixth.

Johnson bogeyed the last hole for a 64 and shared third with Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark, who also had a 64.

McIlroy won at Bay Hill in March and has three runner-up finishes, and he had said Saturday afternoon he was exhausted of finishing second. Thomas' ninth title on the US PGA Tour will bank him a cool $US1.7 million cheque and will move him up one spot on the world rankings. "Anytime you can birdie seven out of the first 10, you know you're doing something pretty well".

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