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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

WGC-Bridgestone Invitational - Power Ranking and One-and-Done

The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational is just around the corner, and here is this week's power ranking and one-and-done to get you off and running with your research. For additional questions on the past history of this event or Firestone CC, please refer to the Preview posted on Sunday.

Here we go:

  1. Jordan Spieth - This is one of those weeks where an argument could be made to fade Spieth, but I'm not going to go there. He finished 49th here last year, but he's had similar course history and posted big finished this season already.
  2. Justin Rose - Two top fives at Firestone in the last three trips and back-to-back top-six finishes leading into this start. Classic case of form meets history.
  3. Jim Furyk - Nothing sexy about his game, but he has eight top 10s and two runners-up at this event and enters off a T4 at the RBC Canadian Open. What's not to like?
  4. Rickie Fowler - Broke out of a slight slump with a runner-up last week in Tiger's tourney, and has a T2 and T8 on his resume at Firestone CC.
  5. Louis Oosthuizen - Two top 10s in four tries at the WGC-Bridgestone and his P2 in the Open Championship and T2 at the U.S. Open has him poised for a big week.
  6. Bubba Watson - Thee top 25s here but has yet to crack the top 15, which is a concern in some formats. His runner-up at Glen Abbey in his last outing has him firing on all cylinders.
  7. Jason Day - His T4 in 2011 is his only top 20 in five tries, but you'd have to look awfully hard to find many players hotter than he at the moment. 
  8. Adam Scott - Has the long wand working well enough to be dangerous, as evident by back-to-back top 10s. He's a past winner of this event and posted a T8 last year.
  9. Keegan Bradley - Form is lacking, but he's a course horse if there ever were one. Finishes are T15, 1, T2, T4 in his four attempts at Firestone.
  10. Hideki Matsuyama - Trending with a T21-T12 run in this event and is posting top-20 finishes this season like Jordan Spieth is throwing up top fives. 
  11. Dustin Johnson
  12. Zach Johnson
  13. Sergio Garcia
  14. Henrik Stenson
  15. Marc Leishman
  16. Paul Casey
  17. Patrick Reed
  18. Brooks Koepka
  19. Matt Kuchar
  20. Martin Kaymer
  21. Danny Willett
  22. Bill Haas
  23. Danny Lee
  24. David Lingmerth
  25. Ryan Palmer

One-and-done

In an event like this, going classy is the move to make. When I took a look at my available options, the guy that jumped off the page was Adam Scott. I gave Keegan Bradley a long look, but the Aussie is the play. 

As for the Barracuda Championship, I'm rolling with Vaughn Taylor. He's played great all summer, despite limited status, and he's a two-time winner at this event. 

Best of luck to all!

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