As DFS players, we’re thrown a bit of a curveball this week.  The WGC Bridgestone Invitational features a field of only 77 players, and there is no cut.  No Friday cut sweats.  Two-thirds of the field will receive an order of finish bonus on DK.  Swing for the fences, guys.

The Bridgestone is played at Firestone Country Club in Akron, OH.  The course is a par 70 and will play at 7,400 yards (relatively long).  If you’re looking to get a feel for the course, here’s a walk-through.  The list of previous champions reads as a who’s who of golf’s superstars.

Rory McIlroy (2014)
Tiger Woods (2013)
Keegan Bradley (2012)
Adam Scott (2011)
Hunter Mahan (2010)

Scroll through those old leader boards if you get a chance, and you’ll get a feel for what type of golfer tends to succeed here (hint: guys who are really good at golf, simple huh?).

There’s a little dissent amongst the experts as to which stats are important this week, but a few recommendations were made more than the rest.  The consensus thinks you should be looking at:

Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green

  1. Hideki Matsuyama 1.751
  2. Bubba Watson 1.746
  3. Jordan Spieth 1.653
  4. Sergio Garcia 1.593
  5. Adam Scott 1.535

Total Driving

  1. Henrik Stenson
  2. Adam Scott
  3. Keegan Bradley
  4. Hideki Matsuyama
  5. Justin Rose

Ball Striking

  1. Henrik Stenson
  2. Adam Scott
  3. Hideki Matsuyama
  4. Paul Casey
  5. Justin Rose

Strokes Gained: Putting

  1. Jimmy Walker .890
  2. Brendon Todd .644
  3. Brandt Snedeker .633
  4. Jordan Spieth .597
  5. Russell Henley .582

Keeping those stats in mind, these are the guys the experts like this week:

  • Adam Scott
  • Billy Horschel
  • Brooks Koepka
  • Danny Lee
  • Francesco Molinari
  • Hideki Matsuyama
  • James Hahn
  • Jim Furyk
  • Jordan Spieth
  • Justin Rose
  • Keegan Bradley
  • Marc Leishman
  • Patrick Reed
  • Paul Casey
  • Rickie Fowler
  • Robert Streb
  • Sergio Garcia
  • Zach Johnson

GL this week.  Enjoy the stress-free Friday!


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