I would like to welcome everyone to the 2013 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 (years final major).
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 2012 it ranked as the hardest hole at Firestone and over the past 28 years it has a 4.25 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.
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. It is the best of the best that will congregate in Ohio and if history is any indiction, we will be presented with some exciting golf.
Steve’s Six Pack System Picks
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Here is my free pick for this week from the system:
Jason Day 30 to 1 – Love the way Firestone sets up for this young Aussie. Jason is one of the longer players on Tour off the tee, as he ranks 18th for Driving Distance. He is also a terrific putter as he ranks 21st on Tour for Strokes Gained Through Putting. Jason’s biggest reason for being a perfect fit for Firestone though is the fact that he has a history of stepping up his game against the worlds best. This season he has some excellent results in Top tournaments ( AT &T Pebble Beach – 6th, WGC Match Play – 3rd, Masters – 3rd, and the US Open – T2 ). This will be Jason’s fourth starts at Firestone, with his best finish coming in 2011 when he finished T4. That year he actually opened with a sizzling seven under 63, a round he will try to duplicate this season. I really like Jason’s chances next week at The PGA Championship but he is the type of player who could easily win back to back on Tour. This week I want everyone to watch Jason’s ability to escape trouble when he does get into it. He has the ability to no only envision difficult shots, but to pull them of with a great success rate.