I had an early meeting before my early meeting today and I’m actually “traveling” to the other office right now.
But I figured I’d stop at home on my way and post this for you. I spent a couple hours putting together the list and don’t want to see it go to waste.
This is a top-35 of the players I recommend most for this weekend’s golf tournament on Firestone Country Club’s South Course, nicknamed “The Monster.”
It’s a beastly long course — 7,283-yard par 70 — with one of the toughest holes in the game, the 469-yard par-4 6th.
The long course means driving distance and accuracy will be key. Current performance is also an important factor, as is past experience on the course.
Here are four players that make cornerstone options going into the tournament:
Matt Kuchar — 30/1 odds to win. Kuchar was the first player that really stood out to me during research. He is tied for second in consecutive par-5 birdies, 15th in the PGA in putts per round, and ninth in rounds without a 3-putt.
Hideki Matsayuma — 25/1 odds to win. Matsayuma also stood out. He’s tied for third in consecutive cuts made. He also finished 12th in the Bridgestone a year ago.
Keegan Bradley — 30/1 odds to win. Bradley won the Bridgestone in 2012, finished tied for second in 2013 and tied for fourth in 2014. That’s a pretty great record. He’s also 13th in driving distance and finished second last week at the Quicken Loans tournament.
Zach Johnson — 30/1 odds to win. There are a handful of players who deserve consideration and who I considered putting here. They include Jim Furyk, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson and Hunter Mahan. I put highlighted Johnson here because he finished 23rd here last year and tied for fourth two years ago. He’s also coming off a British Open victory. He’s made eight consecutive cuts, tied for eighth, has been par or better for 12 consecutive rounds, tied for third in the PGA and is tied for third in driving accuracy.
Top 35 golf rankings for the WGC Bridgestone
I’m not sure if I’ll be able to do this every week. If you guys like this, please let me know in the comments.
May variance be in your favor today and every day.