PGA TOUR – #BLSPicks Fantasy One and Done & DraftKings (WGC – Bridgestone Invitational)

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Updated: August 5, 2015
Firestone

WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS – BRIDGESTONE INVITATIONAL

Firestone Country Club (South Course), Akron Ohio

The unheralded Troy Merritt sure put on a show on the weekend at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club to win the Quicken Loans National. Merritt followed up an amazing 61 on Saturday with the 2nd best round of the day on sunday, a 67, to beat Rickie Fowler by 3 shots and take home the trophy at Tiger’s tournament. Speaking of Eldrick, he had a respectable showing at the event he hosts outside of Washington D.C. and if not for a 3rd round 73, he would have been right in the mix on Sunday afternoon. FOX actually took Tiger last week and it nearly paid off big time, but a top-20 is nothing to complain about. R-O’s pick and the BLS DraftKings’ stories were just complete disasters. The top players in the world will descend upon Akron, Ohio this week to get ready for the final major of the season next week at Whistling Straits. There is a lot of money being handed out this week at the Bridgestone Invitational, so we doubt that too many are looking past the World Golf Championships to Glory’s Last Shot in Wisconsin.

Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio has been hosting PGA Tour events since 1954 and the South Course has even hosted the PGA Championship 3 times. The South, nicknamed “The Monster”, is the longest non-major par 70 course on the PGA Tour schedule at 7,400 yards. The par 5 16th hole (1 of only 2 par 5s on the course) is the longest hole on the PGA Tour at 667 yards and not reachable for anyone in the field. Bombers tend to do well on this classic tree-lined layout as evidenced by Tiger Woods 8 WGC – Bridgestone Invitational titles as well as Rory McIlroy and Keegan Bradley hoisting the trophy in the last 3 years. Once again, Rory will not be fit to defend his title this week as was the case at The Open Championship. Even without Rory and Tiger (who now is a long way from qualifying for any WGC event) the field of 77 players includes most of the great young talent that the PGA Tour has to offer. Spieth, Fowler, Day, D.J. and Justin Rose headline this stellar field. Some midweek rain could soften conditions and provide for great scoring early, but the threat of rain should be out the door by Friday and the weekend forecast looks great with winds not projected to be an issue. It should be a great week in Akron, have a look at how our guys are going to play the WGC – Bridgestone Invitational this week.

 

HenrikR-O‘s Pick — Henrik Stenson – (23-1)

Johnson Wagner could not have been playing any better over the last month, then I picked him at last week’s Quicken Loans National and he quickly remembered that he is Johnson Wagner and missed the cut. Such is the story of my Fantasy Golf season, sometimes things just don’t go your way. I’d like to take Rickie Fowler this week, but I imagine a lot of people have that same thought and at this point I’m only playing for the weekly prize. I’ll go with the big Swede Henrik Stenson instead. Stenson has been a bit under the radar lately after his season was derailed in the spring when he came down with an illness that lasted over a month. He’s dropped to #9 in the World Golf Rankings and could use a solid week to get back on track. The fact of the matter is that Henrik is too good of a player to have last won on the PGA Tour almost 2 years ago when he captured the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup. His length and ability to smash his beloved 3-wood off the tee at the lengthy Firestone Country Club should give him an edge on most of the field. It will come down to putting like it always does with Stenson and if he can get the flat stick working I think he’ll have a good chance to do one better than his T-2nd at Bridgestone in 2013. Be sure to check Twitter for my win bets – once again I’m due to hit one.

BubbaFOX‘s Pick – Bubba Watson – (25-1)

Bubba Watson is a douche as documented plenty on BuschLeagueSports.com, so I’m not going to spend anytime finding relevant stats or pumping up the ass clown. This is a bomber course and Bubba is the supreme bomber. Let’s leave it at that. Woods played well for me last week. If it weren’t for a terrible Saturday, he could very well have been in contention late Sunday. The 2nd half of the fantasy season is cruising along nicely. Going to need to grab some wins to find myself in the winner’s circle at the end. Bubba gives me the best chance this week.

 

Last Week Review:

QUICKEN LOANS NATIONAL

Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, Gainesville, Virginia

Johnson WagnerR-O’s Pick — Johnson Wagner – (41-1)

Finish: MC ($0)

Fantasy Season Standing: 36th

 

TigerFOX’s Pick — Tiger Woods – (44-1)

Finish: T-18th ($93,800)

Fantasy Season Standing: 11th

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DraftKings Review: QUICKEN LOANS NATIONAL

As we suspected, predicting the outcome at the Quicken Loans National on a new course was close to impossible. I didn’t see anyone touting up Troy Merritt prior to the start of the tournament. Stewart Cink’s triple bogey in the 1st round all but ruined our chances of breaking even last week.

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