In his swan song at a course that has been so kind to him throughout the years-he's a nine-time victor of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational- Woods faught erratic ball striking for the second consecutive day.
McIlroy figured to be Thomas' most prominent roadblock on his way to his first World Golf Championship bottle cap, but the Northern Irishman tumbled out of contention when he played a six-hole stretch around the turn in 4 over par. Woods is an eight-time victor at Firestone, which is hosting this World Golf Championship for the last time.
The 14-time major champion Tiger Woods carded a 73 to slip to three under, while 2017 Masters champion Sergio Garcia is a shot better off. He needn't have anxious - he shot 73 and tied for sixth.
With the US PGA Tour changing the event's name and moving it to Tennessee next year, the 14-times major winner's hopes of farewelling Akron, Ohio with a first worldwide win in five years are all but over.
Tiger Woods reacts after missing a putt on the 17th hole during the second round of the Bridgestone Invitational on Friday. That allowed him to regain the lead over Anthony Quayle, who had made eagle on the same hole moments earlier and closed with a 63.
"I play the golf course for what it has, and that's about as aggressive as I'll ever play this place", he said.
"It's great we keep getting in position", he said.
"Now this is our last go-around here at Firesetone for a while". "Wasn't very sharp that first day, but I made everything".
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"We had a great run here at Firestone Country Club with the PGA Tour and a World Golf Championship", PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan told Golf.com.
Thomas' ninth title on the PGA Tour will bank him a cool $US1.7 million cheque and will move him up one spot on the world rankings. I said, I don't know why, or its really been that long or what, but I'm nervous today.
That was his 79th PGA Tour victory and eighth at Firestone, the venue for this tournament for the last time. I've had days where I've missed more but putted better.
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.
"Obviously we're all thinking of (Lyle) and it would be very nice to obviously have a good week", Leishman said.
Roared on by the large galleries in her home country, the 22-year-old Hall only took the lead for the first time after a 20-foot putt for birdie at the 16th hole and stayed steady to post 5-under 67.
Thomas, 25, took a three-shot lead into Sunday's final round of this year's tournament.