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Going In: Tiger Woods Close to Making History

Tiger Woods flirted with history Friday, almost making 59 but settling for a 9-under-par 61. He came close to the magical number but only managed to match his career-best score at 61, which gave him a dominating seven-stroke lead at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. He said he’s not disappointed by coming up short.

“Disappointed? Absolutely not,” Woods said. “A 61’s pretty good. I’m not bummed.”

No golf player has ever gone under 60 on the European Tour. It was Woods’ best score since 2005 when he shot a 61 at the Buick Open. Woods took just 22 putts hitting 9 of 14 fairways and 13 of 18 greens.

“I’m very happy I was able to post that,” he said. “I just kept thinking, whatever lead I had, ‘Let’s just keep increasing it.’ It’s at seven now, I believe. So that’s not too bad after two days.”

Woods has a seven-shot lead on defending champion Keegan Bradley and Chris Wood. Both players will be grouped with Woods on Saturday.

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