Bridgestone Invitational Loses Some Firepower

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - The world's second-ranked golfer won't be playing in this week's Bridgestone Invitational. Jim Furyk (FYOOR'-ihk) notified tournament officials this morning that a bad back will keep him from teeing it up in the World Golf Championship event at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.

The news comes four days after Furyk successfully defended his title at the Canadian Open and two days after he began feeling tightness in his lower back while he was on the practice range.

The withdrawal leaves Furyk's status for next week's PGA Championship a bit uncertain. He'd be one of the favorites for the year's final major at Southern Hills in Tulsa.

Furyk has perhaps the most difficult schedule of anyone on tour. Because of his title defense in Canada and the run-up to the conclusion of the FedEx Cup, he had plans to play eight tournaments in a nine-week stretch.