It is hard to believe we are at the 2016 Bridgestone Invitational and not even approached The Open Championship but such are the Olympics and the changes to support them. The tour roles on no matter what and Firestone, more specifically the South course, are front and center again for some riveting golf form some of the finest golfers in the world.
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. But who will win the 2016 edition of the WGC Bridgestone Invitational? Let’s take a look at the 2016 Bridgestone Invitational Predictions, Picks, Firestone Hardest Holes .
Dates: June 30- July 3 2016
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: $9.5 million total purse, $1,612,432 winner’s share
2016 Bridgestone Invitational Predictions, Picks, Firestone Hardest Holes Breakdown
Hole No. 16 – Par 5, 667 Yards
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.
Hole No. 17 – Par 4, 400 Yards
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.
Hole No. 18 – Par 4, 464 Yards
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-
2016 Bridgestone Invitational Predictions, Picks, Firestone Hardest Holes Player Selections
Let’s take a look at three players that I would predict to be right in the hunt coming down the stretch on Sunday at the 2016 Bridgestone Invitational. Two players will seem more logical than the other but I am adding a player that just might surprise, basically a sleeper for success at the 2016 Bridgestone Invitational Predictions, Picks, Firestone Hardest Holes
|Justin Rose||Rose might not be lighting the world on fire but he is solid. He has nine top-20s, five top-10s and a third at the Wells Fargo Championship. He was third here last year, fourth in 2014, fifth in 2012 and runner-up to Tiger in 2007. His game seems to suit Firestone and there is almost no reason why Rose would not be on the short list this week.|
|Dustin Johnson||He is tuning up for another run at a major championship this week at Firestone. He has finished in the top-5 in six of his last nine events including at the Memorial and his first major championship at the United States Open. He has a couple of World Golf Championship scores in the past albeit not here. He is arguably the hottest player on tour and is on the short list.|
|David Lingmerth||Finding a sleeper in an event that tends to be dominated by former major champions in the win category as of late is a challenge. Lingmerth is a logical choice. In only one trip to Firestone he finished tied for sixth which implies he has an affinity for the track. He is playing solid as of late with tie for 27th, and two top-20s lately including a 12th place finish at the US Open. Looking for a flyer, here lies your guy.|