McIlroy lurks behind leader Thomas at WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

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Tiger Woods, Wade Ormsby - 11:20 a.m. That inaugural stop in OH was won by Jack Nicklaus and along the way everyone who was anyone won here.

It was the biggest small-town stop in the game.

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Thomas will be joined by McIlroy in Sunday's final pairing, while Poulter is looking forward to feeding off the "huge buzz" of being in contention for a third WGC title having already won the Match Play and the HSBC Champions.

As for playing with McIlroy, Thomas said he was looking forward to it.

Although his putting wasn't as divine as it was on Friday, when he rolled in 122 feet of putts, it didn't need to be, with Thomas picking apart the South Course with a combination of power and ideal wedge play. He chopped at his chip and did well to run it 10 feet by the hole, making it for par. That's a dramatic turnaround for a player who admits he hasn't exactly had his best stuff at Firestone. "I just didn't hit the putts hard enough".

"I hit some good shots today, but also I didn't feel like I was in control of the golf ball today", Woods said. "I'm glad I played it well for it to move next year".

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PGA golfer Justin Thomas tees off on the 3rd hole during the third round of the WGC - Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament.

"I've seen him (Day) stripe it before and he's certainly capable of hitting just so many good shots", Woods said. Of course he would.

The American gathered five birdies in nine holes from the sixth en route to a 14-under 196 total with one round left at Firestone Country Club.

For Day, Firestone's farewell tour is even more personal.

The Bridgestone Invitational is contested in Akron, Ohio. "We all do. I wouldn't put it down to anything more than that". He will need something epic, along the lines of his second-round 61 in 2013 when he won his last Bridgestone tilt, to have any chance at all. "I needed to go get it today and I didn't do it".

"I don't think I'm too far back; it's one of those courses where if you're on you can make a lot of birdies and get on a run", Leishman said.

Northern Ireland's McIlroy was joint seventh overnight on five under, while Woods, playing for the first time since he challenged for The Open last month, started his bid for a ninth title at the OH course with an opening 66.

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