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Lucrative Firestone event boasts strong field
Boasting an elite field of 78 for the World Golf Championships event, the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational welcomes the game's top players this week before the year's final major, the PGA Championship takes place next Thursday.

Among those players are major winners and former champions at Firestone.

Tiger Woods is a seven-times winner of the Bridgestone Invitational, and is seeking his fourth victory on the 2012 PGA Tour.

This is one of my favourites," the 14-times major champion said.

"It's straightforward. It's right in front of you. There's no tricks. There's no hidden things. I've played well here in the past, and hopefully I can do it again this week."

Recently minted British Open winner Ernie Els from South Africa is also in attendance, still dining out on the high of his win at Royal Lytham, he is still keen to try and keep his winning run going in the lead up to the PGA Championship.

"Although I love this event and this golf course, I don't have a great record here," the laid-back South African said. "Hopefully I can have a decent week this week.

"I'll really play this week with next week in mind but try and do better here this week. I haven't had a top 10 or sniffed a top 5 here for many, many years, so I'd love to have a decent week here."

For other players it's just good to get playing again and take their mind of a forgettable few weeks, none more so than Adam Scott, who blew a four shot lead with four holes to go at the British Open.

"It's just nice to be playing straightaway again and get out there," said the 32-year-old, an eight-times winner on the PGA Tour.

"I'm obviously playing well, so it's important that I should be confident here, try and build my own confidence and pick up some momentum as we come into a really important stretch to the year.

"The disappointment of Lytham shouldn't hold me back from taking advantage of the way I'm playing at the moment. I felt like it was my week and I played like a champion, but I played four poor holes at the end, and you can't win and do that."

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