Akron, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Marc Leishman fired a six-under-par 64 Thursday to take a one-stroke lead over three players in the opening round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.
Leishman almost made it a two-stroke lead but he bogeyed the 18th at the par-70 Firestone Country Club to settle for a one-shot edge over Ryan Moore, Charl Schwartzel and Justin Rose.
Tied for fifth place, three strokes behind Leishman, were Patrick Reed, Francesco Molinari, Graham DeLaet and Rickie Fowler.
Defending champion Tiger Woods carded a 68, good for a tie for 9th place with Jamie Donaldson, Brandt Snedeker, Keegan Bradley and Sergio Garcia.
The winner of the event will pocket the top prize of $1,530,000.
Meanwhile, Dustin Johnson announced that he is taking a leave of absence from the PGA Tour “seek professional help for personal challenges I have faced”.
“By committing the time and resources necessary to improve my mental health, physical well-being and emotional foundation, I am confident that I will be better equipped to fulfill my potential and become a consistent champion,” said Johnson.
The 30-year-old had withdrawn from the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational earlier in the week. The PGA of America announced that Johnson will not take part in next week’s PGA Championship or the Ryder Cup in late September.