Defending champion Woods confirms entry into Bridgestone Invitational

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Tiger Woods has won every year at Firestone since 2005, except for when he missed the second half of the 2008 season following knee surgery.
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Tiger Woods has entered the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational next week at Firestone, where he is the defending champion and a seven-time winner.

Woods won last year by rallying to beat Padraig Harrington, becoming the first player to win a PGA Tour event seven times on the same course. He has won every year at Firestone since 2005, except for when he missed the second half of the 2008 season following knee surgery.

Also in the field is Anthony Kim, who is giving the United States’ Ryder Cup hopes a boost by announcing he will be back in action as well.

One of the stars of the U.S. victory at Valhalla two years ago and third in the Masters in April, Kim hasn’t played since undergoing thumb surgery nearly three months ago.

Currently fourth on the United States points table, he started hitting golf balls again early this month, but chose not to rush his return for the British Open at St Andrews.

The Bridgestone Invitational is a week before the final major championship of the year, the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. The top eight in the points earn automatic spots on Corey Pavin's side after the PGA Championship.