Weekly Preview: WGC-Bridgestone

Brofessional Golfer’s Weekly Preview: World Golf Championships – Bridgestone Invitational

June 30 – July 3

Firestone Country Club (South Course)

Akron, Ohio

 

How and When to Watch

Live TV Coverage:

Thursday and Friday:

Golf Channel 1:30 – 6:30 PM E.T.

Saturday and Sunday:

Golf Channel 12:00 – 1:30 PM, CBS 2:00 – 6:00 PM

 

Past 5 Winners

2015 – Shane Lowry

2014 – Rory McIlroy

2013 – Tiger Woods

2012 – Keegan Bradley

2011 – Adam Scott

 

Purse: $9,500,000

Winning Share: $1,620,000

FedEx Points: 550

 

Analysis

Is it a coincidence that the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, OH is next up on tour only about a week after Lebron James and the Cavaliers brought a championship to Cleveland? Probably not. But I’ll tell you one thing, the gallery will be made up of riled Ohio natives still basking in the glory of a World Championship. Side note, can we please stop referring to USA-based sport league champions as world champions? I know America is the best country in the world, but until we can consistently dominate the Olympics in every category, that whole “world champion” notion is a tad pompous. Actually, the more I think about it, the more I think NBA Champions can go ahead and call themselves “world champions” because we do routinely take names in the basketball summer Olympic games. Except for 2004 where we only came away with bronze.

2004 olympic basketball team

This team was stacked. What the hell happened guys?


Sorry, you came here for a preview, not a classic BG rant. Anyways, the WGC-Bridgestone boasts a field of only about 75 players, which is quite meager compared to your standard PGA Tour event. I love the smaller fields because you always end up with a star-studded line up, which paves the way for the elite golfers to all be dancing heading into Sunday.

In fact, a big name has won the WGC-Bridgestone every year since 2002. My personal definition of a “big name” golfer is a golfer who has been featured in an EA Sports video game at least once. Not too much to ask right? An exception to that rule is last year’s winner Shane Lowry, but after his impressive performance at the U.S.. Open, I’ll allow him to be thrown into the “big name" category for this preview.

Tiger Woods has won the WGC-Bridgestone 7 times since 1999, which is utterly absurd. The dude straight up owns Firestone Country Club. Pour some out for Tiger on Thursday morning when this thing kicks off. We need you back kid.

Arnold Palmer coined the nickname “The Monster” to describe the ghastly the 667 yard par 5 of Firestone South after he triple bogeyed (snow-manned) it one time. After countless frustrating rounds played since, frequent golfers of Firestone said “fuck it” and decided to nickname the entire South course “The Monster”.

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So, who is going to ultimately take down The Monster? Given the length of Firestone South, I think Bubba Watson (+2500) will break out of his 2016 shell and keep you entertained on Sunday, although unless I’m financially invested in the guy, I cannot for the life of me root for the guy. I also like Paul Casey (+6600) and Daniel Berger (+6000) as betting options that can yield a promising ROI come Sunday evening.

Nevertheless, my personal monster slayer this week will be Jordan Spieth. It's been a shaky few months for Spieth, but I also think everyone expects the kid to win week in and week out. He's good, but he's not Tiger good. Regardless, Spieth will get back on the podium come Sunday. I hate picking top 5 golfers to win because it doesn’t provide the shock and awe factor, but you’re gonna want to pick a knight in shining armor here. A big name will prevail once again.

Full odds listed here

  

“Expert” Picks

Schank – Jordan Spieth

Marcello – Rickie Fowler

Neves – Justin Rose

The People’s Golfer – Justin Thomas

Rico Dangles – Hideki Matsuyama

 

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