The Bridgestone Invitational Prediction
The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament is set for Aug. 2-5 at Firestone Country Club (South) in Akron, Ohio. That means it’s time to pick your optimal FanPicks fantasy golf lineup. Fortunately, our fantasy golf experts are ready to help. Here’s what our best Bridgestone Invitational 2018 lineup looks like:
There are horses for courses, and then there’s the soaring Pegasus that is Tiger at Firestone: eight wins and 12 top 10s in 15 starts. Yes, we know that he hasn’t won here since 2013, but this is far more than some nostalgia pick, as Woods is playing very good golf right now. He’s third on Tour in SG: Approach the Green, fourth in SG: Around the Green and sixth in SG: Total. If he fixes a slightly leaky tee game — which he could certainly do, since driver isn’t a necessity at Firestone — he could dominate this week. What better way to celebrate this event’s Firestone swan song (it’s moving to Memphis next year) than with a drought-busting, ratings-dominating win for the tournament’s GOAT?
Justin Rose’s withdrawal with back spasms has forced us back to the well, but there’s plenty of talent to draw from at this star-studded event. Rickie’s riding a streak of four straight top 10s at the Bridgestone, including a solo 9th last year, and aside from an inexplicable MC at The Players, he’s played great since March. His victory drought is now approaching 18 months, so he’s plenty hungry.
This week’s front-loaded roster necessitates a big gap between players two and three on our list, but it’s not as big a gap as you might think. Chappell’s two visits to Firestone have netted a T3 and a T13, with four under-par Saturday-Sunday rounds to show for his two weekends in Akron. Last seen hanging with the legends at Carnoustie, where he posted a T6 (tied with Tiger).
Let’s list what we like about Luke: He’s fifth on Tour in SG: Off the Tee, fifth in SG: Tee to Green, 14th in SG: Around the Green and 22nd in SG: Total. He’s done everything but win this year, with a second, a third and five top 10s. After a bout of inconsistency, a final-round 69 at Carnoustie had to be a confidence booster.
The PGA Tour rookie earned his spot in the field with his November win at the RSM Classic, but he’s no one-hit wonder. He has two top 10s (a T6 at the St. Jude and a T5 at the Greenbrier) in his last five outings, and he’s in the top 50 on Tour in SG: Total and SG: Around the Green.
Jhonny Vegas has top 20s in four of his last five WGC events, including a T17 at Firestone last year. Four under-par rounds in his Canadian Open title defense were a hopeful sign.