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USA TODAY Sports Marc Leishman chips to the seventh hole during the first round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament on Thursday at Firestone Country Club - South Course in Akron, Ohio.

PGA: Leishman upstages big names at Firestone

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AKRON, Ohio — Australian Marc Leishman, maintaining his recent good form, upstaged the game’s biggest names as he charged into a one-shot lead in the opening round of the elite WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio on Thursday.

While eight-times winner Tiger Woods launched his title defense with a two-under-par 68 at a rain-softened Firestone Country Club, Leishman surged to the top of the leaderboard with a sizzling 64.

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