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WGC Bridgestone Invitational

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Previous WGC Bridgestone Invitational champions include:

  • Shane Lowry (2015)
  • Rory McIlroy (2014)
  • Tiger Woods (2013)
  • Keegan Bradley (2012)
  • Adam Scott (2011)
  • Hunter Mahan (2010)
  • Tiger Woods (2009)
  • Vijay Singh (2008)
  • Tiger Woods (2007)

Firestone Country Club (South Course) near Akron, Ohio, will host the WGC Bridgestone Invitational. Firestone is a par 70, 7,400 yard test.

2016 WGC Bridgestone Invitational
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Recent Finishes
Tourn. Hist.
(A1) Dustin Johnson (1) U.S. Open
(5) St. Jude Classic
(3) Memorial
(12) Byron Nelson
(53) 2015
(33) 2013
(19) 2012
(48) 2011
(15) 2010
(22) 2009
Dustin has been the most solid player on tour the past several months. He’s been performing in places where you least expect him to and he’s the favorite this week. His track record is lackluster here but he’s pushed that aside and pulls in a respectable #15 course fit this week.
(A2) Jason Day (8) U.S. Open
(27) Memorial
(5) Zurich Classic
(12) 2015
MC 2014
(53) 2013
(29) 2012
(4) 2011
(22) 2010
When you’re looking at victories, Jason Day is the recent king. He’s got two decent starts here in the past (4th, 12th) but, like DJ, he doesn’t have the track record you would like to see. However, the options aren’t stellar with Spieth and Fowler playing poorly and Watson always being a wild card.
(A3) Adam Scott (18) U.S. Open
(55) Colonial
(12) The PLAYERS
(17) Wells Fargo
(45) 2015
(8) 2014
(14) 2013
(45) 2012
(1) 2011
(9) 2010
Scott is trying to regain the magic he had back in Feb/Mar when he went 2nd, 1st, 1st. Putting will ultimately dictate his finish this week and while he hasn’t been that far off, he’s been a consistent 5-6 shots away from being a factor on Sundays. Won here in 2011, so if you’re looking for a former champion to pair with DJ, Adam is probably your guy. #4 course fit so this could be his chance to break back in the top 10. A little wind could make him a factor on Friday but we’ll wait for the full forecast.
(A4) Jordan Spieth (37) U.S. Open
(57) Memorial
(1) Colonial
(18) Byron Nelson
(10) 2015
(49) 2014

Jordan’s win at the Colonial was a bit of an aberration. He’s had a rough go of it since failing at the Masters but you can’t sneeze at a victory, but something isn’t quite right just yet. He could do well this week but the other options in Group A are more appealing.
(A5) Bubba Watson (51) U.S. Open
(65) Memorial
(43) The PLAYERS
(8) Shenzhen International
(2) 2015
(37) 2014
(27) 2013
(19) 2012
(21) 2011
(22) 2010
Bubba’s performance is typically volatile from week to week, but he’s been in the gutter his past three outings. His one good showing here came last year with a 2nd place finish. He’s a wild card that could make a run at any time but he’s hard to bet on. Strong course fit is where you would look for upside and he does have that with a #7 ranking.
Other options include: (A6) Rickie Fowler, (A7) Justin Thomas, and (A8) Phil Mickelson.
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Recent Finishes
Tourn. Hist.
(B1) Brooks Koepka (13) U.S. Open
(2) St. Jude Classic
(2) Byron Nelson
(35) The PLAYERS
(6) 2015

Koepka is on a roll after a disappointing start to his season. #2 recent history rank this week and a 2nd, 2nd, 13th leads him to a course that he finished 6th place last year. #11 course fit is very good and he’ll be in our lineup this week.
(B2) Jim Furyk (21) Quicken Loans
(2) U.S. Open
(52) Memorial
MC Colonial
(3) 2015
(15) 2014
(9) 2013
(2) 2012
(23) 2011
(6) 2010
Furyk climbed back to a T-21 last week with a solid last round. It’s good to see him getting back into the swing of things since returning from his injury. We’d look for more of the same this week – 3rd best track record here with 4 top 10s since 2009.
(B3) Justin Rose MC U.S. Open
(19) The PLAYERS
(3) Wells Fargo
MC Zurich Classic
(3) 2015
(4) 2014
(17) 2013
(5) 2012
(33) 2011
(19) 2010
Rose shocked with a MC at the US Open but his track record here is one of the best. 5th, 4th, and 3rd in his last four attempts here. Strong course fit as well – hard to leave him out this week.
(B4) Jason Dufner (8) U.S. Open
(33) Memorial
(6) Colonial
(24) Byron Nelson
(66) 2014
(4) 2013
(7) 2012

Dufner made our updated top 4 in Group B after some further evaluation. 4th best recent performance and a 4th and 7th here in the past. That’s pretty strong. We’ll most likely give him a shot. #17 course fit is decent for the “Duf”.
(B5) Patrick Reed (39) Quicken Loans
MC U.S. Open
(8) Memorial
(15) Colonial
(15) 2015
(4) 2014

Reed has been down the past two weeks but showed some signs of life at the Quicken Loans before he folded on Sunday. He’s a bet on the course history category. The data would say he’s the #1 horse course, though we’ve tweaked that on our horse rankings given Reed only has 2 data points while folks like Furyk have been doing it longer and better. He may not find his way into our lineup in favor of Dufner but we’ll see how things shake out later this week.
(B6) Zach Johnson (8) U.S. Open
(17) Colonial
(66) Byron Nelson
(54) The PLAYERS
(33) 2015
(23) 2014
(4) 2013
(40) 2012
(6) 2011
(33) 2010
Zach is a stock that is rising recently with a 17th at Colonial and 8th at the US Open. It’s been a tough go for ZJ since March, but maybe things are starting to turn his way. We’re not sold he’ll contend but we do like him inside the top 20 with some solid play. We’re still considering where to slot ZJ this week, so stay tuned.
(B7) Hideki Matsuyama MC U.S. Open
MC Memorial
(11) Wells Fargo
(37) 2015
(12) 2014
(21) 2013

Hideki is in a slump. It hasn’t been pretty and he’s brought a lot of fantasy owners with him on this ride. You’d be best to wait until he solves his issues and know that a MC is not the cards this week though a WD is always a possibility.
Other options include: (B8) Harris English, (B9) J.B. Holmes, and (B10) Charley Hoffman.
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Recent Finishes
Tourn. Hist.
(C1) Branden Grace (5) U.S. Open
(57) The PLAYERS
(9) Valero Texas Open
(1) RBC Heritage
(17) 2015
(23) 2014
(65) 2013
(36) 2012

Grace will play well for a few weeks and then fall off, so he could use a little more consistency. His data isn’t perfect so disregard his course fit at this stage. He has been trending well here the past few years and appears primed for a top 10 with top 3 upside.
(C2) Shane Lowry (2) U.S. Open
(23) Irish Open
(16) The PLAYERS
(1) 2015
(48) 2013
(77) 2009

Lowry is a bet on one data point in the recent performance category (2nd in US Open) and one data point in course history (1st last year). Not much else would point to a successful outcome here but there is no cut and he’s just an upside play that could pay off.
(C3) Charl Schwartzel (23) U.S. Open
(11) Memorial
(25) Colonial
(58) Byron Nelson
(31) 2015
(4) 2014
(21) 2013
(24) 2012
(53) 2011
(58) 2010
Schwartzel is steady but lacks the upside based on his stats this week. With no cut, we’ll lean toward a higher beta player like Lowry.
(C4) Matt Kuchar (46) U.S. Open
(4) Memorial
(6) Colonial
(3) Byron Nelson
(25) 2015
(12) 2014
(27) 2013
(8) 2012
(19) 2011
(9) 2010
Kuchar fell off his pace with a 46th at the US Open after four straight tournaments inside the top 6. He’s been consistent here but hasn’t sniffed victory, so look for a 10-15th place finish as this isn’t the best course fit for him.
(C5) Marc Leishman (39) Quicken Loans
(18) U.S. Open
(11) Memorial
(13) Colonial
(33) 2015
(3) 2014
(45) 2012

Leishman seems nondescript decent this week but nothing flashy. He hasn’t gotten close recently and we thought he would do better with a weaker field last week. He won’t get a 2nd chance this week.
Other options include: (C6) David Lingmerth, (C7) Daniel Berger, and (C8) Bill Haas.

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