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After Brit Open woe, Woods returns to Firestone

After yet another failed attempt at winning major number 15, Tiger Woods is returning to native shores for next week's WGC Bridgestone Invitational, one of his favorite courses, in his search for a Tour-leading fifth victory and 79th overall that would take him within three of Sam Snead's record leading total.

The American has won at Ohio's Firestone Country Club a tournament leading seven times and an eighth title could well set him on the way for the season's final major, the PGA Championship that follows a week later.

"This is one of my favorite courses," Woods said on his website, regarding the World Golf Championships (WGC) event.

"There is nothing tricky about it; everything is right in front of you. And the fans do a great job of supporting the event."

Woods has a great chance to win the British Open at Muirfield last weekend, being only two off the leader, Englishman Lee Westwood, at the beginning of the final day's play.

However old familiar problems with his putting, which have plagued him at the majors this year, rose their ugly head once more and he signed for a 74 that was only good enough for tied eighth. Instead, it was old rival Phil Mickelson who "played the round of my life" to take the Claret Jug.

Generally, though, Woods was happy with the shape his game is in.

"The whole week, I really hit so many good shots and really had control of my ball," the 37-year-old told reporters. "The frustrating part is I didn't get the (putting) speed.

 "I'm very pleased with the way I'm playing, there's no doubt. I'm right there. We have the World Golf Championship here at (Firestone) a golf course I like, and I've had a little bit of success on it. I'm looking forward to that."

Despite his travails at the majors, Woods has won four times in just 10 starts and tops the list in terms of FedEx Cup points, money earnings and scoring.

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