We are one tournament away from the season’s final major, the PGA Championship, but first there is some business to address. That comes in the form of the World Golf Championship’s Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone. Only two players from the World Top-50 will miss the event.
The 72-hole record at the Bridgestone Invitational belongs to Tiger Woods who shot 259 in 2000. Three players are tied for the 18-hole record of 61. Those include Jose Maria Olazabal, Sergio Garcia and Tiger Woods twice.
Dates: August 6 – 9 2015
Course: Firestone CC (South Course)
Stats: 7,400 Yards; Par 70
Television Broadcast Coverage (Times):
Thursday: Golf Channel 1:30 – 6:30 PM EST
Friday: Golf Channel 1:30 – 6:30 PM EST
Saturday: Golf Channel 12:00 – 1:30 PM, CBS 2:00 – 6:00 PM EST
Sunday: Golf Channel 12:00 – 1:30 PM, CBS 2:00 – 6:00 PM EST
Purse: $9.25 million total purse, $1.57 million winner’s share
2015 WGC Bridgestone Invitational Predictions, Picks at Firestone South Final Three Holes
The 16th hole at the South Course is home to one of the longest Par-5s on tour. At 667 yards this hole can only be challenged by a few players and that is with luck off the tee from the golf gods. As the signature hole of Firestone players will have to first deal with bunkers just short of 300 yards from the tee. From there almost all will lay up short of the pond that guards the small green. This pond has absorbed it share of casualties over the years and 2015 will be more of the same.
The 400 yard, Par-4 17th hole is much more about strategy then length. No player in the field will have a challenge getting to the green with two solid shots but rather it is choosing where the tee shot should be. Players can hit to flat area making for a more stable stance on the approach shot or they can challenge the ridge. From there players will be faced with a shot over a deep front bunker to an undulating green.
The 18th and finishing hole of the South Course is a true challenge of a finishing hole. Here players have a Par-4 that traverses all of 464 yards. If length is something to shake off consider that this is a tight hole especially off the tee. Players will have to keep it in play to have a reasonable chance of avoiding the bunkers in the well-guarded green complex. A par to hold the lead is more probable than a birdie resulting in a win.
2015 WGC Bridgestone Invitational Predictions, Picks at Firestone South Top Picks
A full field will be at Firestone for the 2015 edition of World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational. Attempting to pick a winner out of a full field event is a lot like a needle in a haystack. It’s time for the 2015 WGC Bridgestone Invitational Predictions, Picks at Firestone South Top Picks.
|Justin Rose||Rose is having one of his better years on tour. He already won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, finished second at the Masters and the Memorial. Recently he finished sixth at the Open Championship and fourth at the Quicken last week. He was fourth here last year, fifth in 2012 and runner-up to Tiger in 2007. He can win without a doubt.|
|Jordan Spieth||He is a must have for any short list right now. The young buck continues to show that he clearly does not understand he is not supposed to be this good this fast. Heck, no point in over analyzing this. He is the hottest player on tour. Even on an off week he finishes fourth at St Andrews. His meteoric ride appears to be continuing.|
|Rickie Fowler||Fowler was ranked the most "overrated" on tour by players and since has won the Players Championship and has an impressive runner-up at the Quicken Loans National. He has all the game that is needed and finished in the Top-10 here last year and was the runner-up in 2011. It could be his primer week for the seasons final major.|