WGC Bridgestone Invitational Power Rankings: Who Will Conquer Firestone Country Club?
PGA Tour: WGC Bridgestone Invitational Power Rankings
For the better part of a decade Tiger Woods was the dominant force at the World Golf Classic (WGC) - Bridgestone Invitational. He picked up seven wins from 1999 through 2009. His best finish since that impressive run ended, however, was eighth place in last year’s incarnation of the event. Despite his impressive record so far in 2013, Woods isn’t the only hot player coming into the event.
The going is going to be tough at Firestone Country Club, as 48 of the top 50 golfers in the world are squaring off. Phil Mickelson is likely still feeling the euphoria of finally picking up a win at the Open Championship – not to mention the fact that he won the Scottish Open the week before that major victory. Brandt Snedeker picked up his second win of the year at last week’s RBC Canadian Open and has top 17 finishes in his last four events.
The WGC events bring together the best golfers in the world – and one just so happens to be immediately preceding the final major of the year, next week’s PGA Championship. Not only are the players looking for a big payday, they’re also jockeying for position in the FedEx Cup standings and prepping their games for next week’s major.
What that means for golf fans is that there is likely to be a great deal of drama contained within the four days of this event. I can’t guarantee that the tournament will come down to the wire, but I’m confident in saying that there is going to be some great golf played in the next few days.
Who is at the top of your Power Rankings this week?
#5 Brandt Snedeker
Coming off of a big win in Canada last week, Snedeker is feeling good about his game. His ball striking should serve him well at a track that places a premium on accuracy – especially off of the tee.
#4 Lee Westwood
Westwood tied for second place here in 2008. He also happens to have three top 10 finishes in his last five starts at this track. He’s sure to be well rested coming in, having not teed it up since his T3 finish at the British Open. As is always the case with Westwood, the putter will decide his fate this week.
#3 Phil Mickelson
It’s always dangerous when “Lefty” comes into an event reeling with confidence – and that is most definitely the case this week after his win at the Open Championship. Mickelson is probably still flying high. He leads the PGA Tour in par breakers and has accumulated four top-three finishes in his last six starts. Watch out.
#2 Tiger Woods
He has to be somewhere near the top of any power rankings this year, especially at a track where he’s won seven times in the past. Despite the fact that he hasn’t won a major this year, Woods still has four wins and is lighting up the stat sheets – and it doesn’t hurt his chances that this event isn’t a major championship.
#1 Matt Kuchar
He didn’t play his best last week in Canada, but still ended up tying for second place – his fourth top two finish of the season. Kuchar has been the model of consistency, having made 21 straight cuts this year. Seven top 10 finishes in 2013 as well as in two of his last three trips here. I like him to put it all together and contend for the title this week for his third win of the year.
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