I would like to welcome everyone to the 2012 Bridgestone Invitational.
This week on Tour we have the Top players in the world competing on one of my favourite courses. One player in particular will be extremely excited as he heads to Akron, Ohio this week, and that is none other than Tiger Woods. Tiger has dominated the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational over his career, winning it a ridiculous 7 times. He will be in tough this week though, as all the top players in the world will be looking to play well the week before The PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club.
The South Course at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio will host this week’s World Golf Championship event. The players will once again be playing a Par 70 this week, but it will be a 7400-yard beast of a Par 70. Judging by past winning scores we can expect a 10 under to 12 under taking this event. Look for players to be extremely long off the tee, making driving distance and accuracy a key this week.
Here are two holes I would like everyone to take note of this week and they have a strong chance of deciding the tournament.
Hole Number 9 – 494 yard Par 4. This hole is as tough as you will find on the PGA Tour. In 2011 it ranked as the hardest hole at Firestone and over the past 27 years it has a 4.246 stroke average. Though the hole is fairly straight it has plenty of difficulty off the drive. Fairway bunkers are positioned perfectly to scoop up a slightly errant drive. The players will have a long iron as their approach into an elevated green that has plenty of slope to it. Look for the golfers to be very happy with a Par on Number 9.
Hole Number 18 – 464 Par 4. The final hole on this course will have the leaders shaking in their shoes come Sunday afternoon. It features a very tight fairway that is tree lined and has a dogleg to the left. You must position you tee shot properly or your approach will be blocked by a large tree at the front of the green. Bunkers surround a fairly large green that has plenty of subtle slopes and breaks. This hole played as the 2nd hardest in 2011.
One of the more interesting things this week will be that the players will be playing in pairs. The field consists of only 66 players, which forces organizers to send the players off in 2’s.
STEVE’S SIX PACK SYSTEM PICKS:
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Below I will give away one sneak peak pick that has been sent to members.
Martin Laird 60 to 1 – This pick may seem obscure to many of you but it is actually one of my favourites. Martin has proven that he can compete in big tournaments (ie. THE PLAYERS) and looks to continue his push towards a Ryder Cup Selection. He obviously likes this course and this is evident from his excellent finishes in his two starts (2011- T11, 2010- T16). Laird is extremely long off the tee (35th on Tour) and makes a boat load of birdies (8th on Tour in Birdie Average). I like the way that Martin hits a very high fade as this shot should be an asset this week. We had the tall Scot for a win last year at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, let’s do the same this week.