Rising stars challenge for Firestone lead

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:55 PM ET

AKRON, Ohio -- At 31, Adam Scott is hardly an old guy.

But he is judging by the top of the leaderboard after two rounds at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at the Firestone Country Club.

Scott is tied with Ryan Moore, 28, Rickie Fowler, 22, and Keegan Bradley, 24, at eight-under par 132.

Fowler made the big move Friday with a six-under par 64 in a round that featured just 21 putts.

That total was aided when Fowler holed out from 110 yards on the par-4 third hole for an eagle.

"I hit two perfect shots. I hit a great drive down there, really couldn't have hit it any straighter than I was aiming," said Fowler, who is still looking for his first win on the PGA Tour.

"I was going right at it (on the second shot), landed just past the hole, came back and from my angle knew it was going right down the stick ... and fell right in the back door."

Fowler is part of a great wave of young players, along with 23-year-old Jason Day (70 Friday and one back) and U.S. Open champ Rory McIlroy, 22, who had his second consecutive 68 and is four back. Also in the mix is Japan's Ryo Ishikawa, 19, who is five-under.

"It's good to see Rickie up there," McIlroy said. "He has been playing some great golf, played really good at the (British) Open. He's still looking for that first win, so it would be good to see him try to have a chance at least to get that first win under his belt."

Because of the threat of thunderstorms Saturday afternoon, tournament organizers have decided to send the field out in threesomes off both tees between 7 and 9 a.m.

Crowd favourite Phil Mickelson, wearing pink pants, had a wildly inconsistent day on his way to a 73 and a tie for 39th in the 76-player field. It included a 5-2-5 stretch on the 10th through 12th holes. That's bogey-eagle-double bogey.

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