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Monday, July 28, 2014

WGC-Bridgestone Invitational - Power Ranking

As the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational is creeping closer by the minute and it's time to explore this week's Power Ranking.

Feel free to refer back to the Preview published yesterday evening for additional notes on Firestone and the history of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, as well as the statistical categories that should come into play this week.

Perhaps it's a case of writer's block, but I have little else to add. Here we go!

  1. Jim Furyk - There are several guys who could occupy this spot, but I've chosen to take the route of the most consistent player at this given time who also possesses excellent course history at Firestone. He lost out on winning the RBC Canadian Open by a stroke last week and has nine top 10s in 14 starts at this event, including two runners-up and a third-place finish.
  2. Rory McIlroy - If Rory is on with his driver, he has a chance to bring Firestone to its knees much like Tiger has numerous times. What else is there to add?
  3. Keegan Bradley - Limited, but excellent, history here with a win, a T2 and a T15 in his three starts here. Enters off a solid T19 at The Open Championship. At 12th in Total Driving and 24th in Par 4 Scoring Average, it's easy to see why this course is a fit.
  4. Adam Scott - Try this on for size. He's second in Total Driving, third in Par 4 Scoring Average, 13th in GIR and 14th in SGP. Perhaps the only real surprise is that he only has two other top 10s to go with his win in 11 starts. Went T4-T9-T5 in his last three starts. 
  5. Henrik Stenson - A bit of a drop off after the top four, the Swede gets the nod off a T2 here last year and an excellent reputation for ball-striking. Ranks fifth in Total Driving.
  6. Rickie Fowler - Last two starts are T2s and both came in majors. Also happens to own a T2 at Firestone, but no other top 20s in four starts. Throw stats out the window, as he is playing out of his mind right now. It would stand to reason that he could take the next step in his career with a WGC win.
  7. Matt Kuchar - Much like Bo Van Pelt two years ago, there is never an argument to be made about ranking Kuchar seventh anytime or anywhere. He tied for fourth in Canada last week and owns a couple of top 10s at Firestone.
  8. Justin Rose - Has three top fives in this event and is playing world-class golf of late. His win at Congressional should serve as an excellent preview as to what he could do.
  9. Sergio Garcia - From a statistical standpoint, one would think that Firestone is an excellent fit for the Spaniard but it hasn't been. Back-to-back T2s in his last two PGA TOUR starts is enticing, but take notice that he hasn't had a top 20 here since 2005. Perhaps he struggles with an Open Championship hangover?
  10. Steve Stricker - Last five finishes at Firestone went T6-T9-14-T2-13. Tied for 11th at the John Deere Classic in his last start.
  11. Angel Cabrera - The duck is pretty hot right now, on a T11-T24-Win-T19 roll. He's also finished inside the top four three times in 10 starts at Firestone. That's a really good combination. When he's driving the ball with confidence, he's as deadly as anyone not named McIlroy.
  12. Tiger Woods - This IS NOT a bone that I'm throwing. This is absolutely his best chance to make a Ryder Cup statement to Tom Watson and it is essential that he plays well this week if he has any hopes of making the FedExCup Playoffs. Oh, and he's won here EIGHT times. He can play this course in his sleep.
Next 5 (alphabetical): Graham DeLaet, Bill Haas, Zach Johnson, Ryan Moore and Webb Simpson

We will return with more coverage tomorrow. Until then, best of luck to all!

13 comments:

  1. No Martin Kaymer reference even in the next 5? He has played pretty solid here in the past and other than the Open he has been hot. Any reason? I've got two weeks left and I have to chose from the 2 guys each week over the next two weeks. ..I currently sit 4th out of 37. Im thinking Bradley and Kaymer this week...I just cannot trust Tiger at all ...and Rory and Fowler next week. Tim Clark helped me a TON last week...thanks for mentioning him in your next Five...made me research him a little more.

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    1. You could make a solid case for Kaymer, and perhaps I should have been a little higher on him. You could probably make the same case for Dufner or Donald too. The tougher question is who to remove. I wouldn't be opposed to your Bradley / Kaymer and Rory / Fowler strategy. Glad it worked out with Clark!

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    2. I submitted my picks, they can be changed but I plan on sticking to my plan that I have been developing all year long.. Bradley and Fowler this week and Rory and Kaymer next week. I was looking at your write up from last year and equating success at Augusta and Doral and top finishes at Majors to success at Bridgestone so I decided on Fowler over Kaymer this week because of the Masters correlation (I threw out Doral with the changes). I am also going Fowler this week because I am out front and I think a bunch of people are going to pick him this week so its almost a defensive move with the chance at a big payday. As always thanks for the weekly write ups. Good luck with you Rotoworld co-worker bet!

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  2. Hi Ryan. Thanks for your great insight in golf this year. I'm in 1st place in a lot of my fantasy leagues due to your advice. As we approach the conclusion of this years golf season I'm sure you're aware of the importance of using your remaining starts wisely. I only have 1 start left with rory, furyk, kuchar, and zach Johnson as well as a few other players with only 2 starts left. Regarding the players I have left with only 1 start left could you give me your thoughts on which tourney I should reserve them for out of the remaining 7 overall tourneys left in this season. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks and keep up the good work and I will continue to pass on your web site to others.

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    1. Wow, congrats and tough questions! I assume you are talking Yahoo! format? Since everyone makes the cut this week, perhaps this isn't the week to burn too many of your guys with one or two starts left. That said, I'd have a tough time holstering Furyk. You could also hide a few guys on your bench this week knowing there won't be any missed cuts. Same goes for the BMW and the TOUR Championship.

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    1. Not sure your format, but this is a good track for Stenson because ball-striking is at a premium. Questioning the putter is valid. I wouldn't have a problem with burning a final Stenson start here.

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  4. Thanks Ryan for your sound advice. By the way congrats on last week and getting back into the top 100 of all of yahoo again. I know you were inside the top 30 a couple months ago.

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    1. Thanks for the congrats. We'll see if I can stick around this time!

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  5. Sorry Ryan just 2 more questions regarding the yahoo leagues I'm in. Do you know how many more of the remaining 6 tourneys after this week are also no cut? And secondly can you tell me the eligibility rules regarding the final tourney for the Fedx race? I wanna make sure I have enough players with starts left to be able to fill a complete roster with legitimate players who have a chance to win up to the last coca cola tourney. Thanks again

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    1. BMW and TOUR Championship would also be no-cut events. Top 30 in the FEC standings after BMW get in. I would say anyone in the top 10 right now is a near lock and anyone inside the top 50 has a realistic chance of being there.

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  6. Hey Ryan,

    Love the site. Just curious to why Brendan Todd is not listed anywhere in your rankings? Doesn't have any course history but his metrics seem to match up for success on this type of course.

    Would love to hear your thoughts. Keep up the great work.

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    1. I put a little more emphasis on course history this week than others, so that's the biggest reason. That, and he is taking a step up in class / strength of field the last few weeks, so that is often an adjustment. Best of luck!

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