Getting to know Lee Slattery after his 65 to open at WGC-Bridgestone Inviational
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Getting to know Lee Slattery after his 65 to open at WGC-Bridgestone Inviational

Lee Slattery likely forced a number of Google searches on Thursday afternoon, as the Englishman briefly held the lead alone at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Not many people are aware of Slattery's exploits, but he grabbed his first European Tour win last year at the Madrid Masters. He won't be able to defend that title, as the tournament has been canceled this year.

That first win came at 32, which makes Slattery a bit of a late bloomer. Perhaps this is the right time to flower, as Slattery opened with 5-under 65 to jump into contention on Day 1 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

"I've been a steady improver over the years," he said. "I'm 33 years old, so that's not too bad.  But certainly having that win last year and playing a lot steadier, I'm starting to make the progress which I always expected to at some stage."

Slattery has been making some swing changes of late. This week may be when they all come together.

"We all try and improve, and I've been swinging the club well for a while," he said, "and I'm just waiting for a week where it all clicks into place."

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