Warren sneaks into Bridgestone

Marc Warren is a late entry into the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational following his performance at the Saltire Paul Lawrie Match Play on the weekend.

The Scot powered through four rounds of the inaugural event until he ran into eventual winner Kiradech Aphibarnrat in the semi-finals, where he lost 3&2.

While he would lose the 3rd/4th place playoff to David Howell, the top four finish was enough to see him rise from 56th to 49th in the official world golf rankings that were released on Monday.

The three-time European Tour winner has never before made the grade for the event. As a result, he is excited to get the opportunity at the Firestone Country Club course, which tees off in Ohio on Thursday.

“Obviously it’s going to be my first experience of the Bridgestone Invitational next week,” confirmed the 34-year-old on europeantour.com.

“I have watched it on TV and it looks like a great golf course, so I’m looking forward to seeing it and playing there. It’s nice to be making the trip to America a week early having got into such a big event with all the best players in the world involved. That’s where we all want to be so hopefully I can go there and play well because I have played well in America over the last year or so.”

The unplanned event makes it a busy few weeks across the pond for the Glaswegian, who will return to Europe to defend his Made in Denmark title on August 20.

“It’s a great three weeks coming up now with a WGC, the last Major of the year at the US PGA and then heading back to Europe to defend the Made in Denmark title,” added Warren.