In Brief: Garcia Leads by 3 in Ohio
Akron, Ohio — Sergio Garcia doesn’t know anything about being in a zone. He had no trouble identifying the best round of his career.
Garcia one-putted the final 11 holes and made birdies on his last seven holes Friday in the Bridgestone Invitational to tie the course record at Firestone with a 9-under 61 and take a three-shot lead.
He had a birdie putt on every hole on the back nine, missing only a 15-footer from the fringe at No. 11. Garcia shot 27 on the back nine, a course record.
“Just one of those moments that you love and you enjoy, and you wish there were no end,” he said.
It matched the tournament record held by Tiger Woods, who shot 61 in 2000 and 2013, and Jose Maria Olazabal, who shot his 61 in 1990. Woods went on to win by 11 shots in 2000 and seven shots last year. Olazabal won by 12 in the World Series of Golf.
Garcia was at 11-under 129, three shots clear of Justin Rose (67). British Open champion Rory McIlroy birdied his last two holes for a 64 and joined Marc Leishman (67) four shots out of the lead.
Keegan Bradley shot a 67 and is six strokes back.
Garcia’s previous best score was a 62 on three other occasions — as a 19-year-old at the Scottish Open and Byron Nelson Classic in 1999, and at Mount Juliet in 2002 at the American Express Championship.
Woods also shot his 61s at Firestone in the second round. He could have used something remotely close to that to stay in range of Garcia. Instead, Woods hit only four fairways off the tee and couldn’t seem to make anything on the green. It added to a 71, leaving him 10 shots behind.
Blaine, Minn. — Tuesday qualifier Marco Dawson shot a 9-under 63 to take the lead in the Champions Tour’s 3M Championship, leaving Bernhard Langer a stroke back five days after the German star’s record-breaking victory in the Senior British Open.
Dawson, playing the back nine first at TPC Twin Cities, birdied three of his first four holes and chipped in for eagle on No. 18. After a birdie on the par-5 third hole, he birdied three of his final four holes.
Browns’ Gordon Meets With NFL
Berea, Ohio — As his teammates sweated through another training camp practice, Josh Gordon was in a New York office building where his career — and Cleveland’s season — were in jeopardy.
Gordon met Friday with NFL officials to appeal a possible indefinite suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Gordon’s attorney, Maurice Suh, and other members of his legal team were expected to argue that Gordon tested positive for marijuana because of secondhand smoke, a defense they planned to augment with witnesses.
No decision on Gordon is expected for several days, and the Browns are keeping their fingers crossed the outcome will be favorable. “I’m an optimistic guy,” said wide receiver Nate Burleson. “I’m a glass half-full guy, so I’m always hoping and expecting the best-case scenario.”
Until they hear from the league, the Browns are going about the business of getting ready for the upcoming season. They’d love to have Gordon for as many games as possible.
After all, he’s the club’s top playmaker, one of the league’s elite receivers and an offensive threat who keeps defensive coordinators awake at night. To be without him for any time will drastically change Cleveland’s offense.
Gordon has not been at training camp the past two days, and Browns coach Mike Pettine said he didn’t know if the Pro Bowler will be on the field for Saturday’s scrimmage in Akron.