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!
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!