Don’t let your fantasy golf selections get caught up in the Tiger Woods buzz this week.
Tiger’s track record at the Bridgestone Invitational (over $11 million in career winnings, eight wins) is the primary storyline of the week, especially considering his recent performances. While it’s true he does know these greens like the back of his hand, which could negate his putting struggles of late, Tiger simply cannot be counted as healthy this soon after back surgery.
Instead focus your attention on the picks below, as they should flourish on the 7,400 yard course that plays as difficult as any par 70 on tour. The South Course at Firestone Country Club has remained largely unchanged since its inception, a true testament to its staying power.
Fantasy Golf Selections - Bridgestone Invitational
Martin Kaymer $18,850 - Kaymer has won two of his last four events and is playing great. At this reduced price it will be a surprise if he does not make my final roster.
Rory Mcllroy $21,300 - He has the most upside of anyone. If there is a golfer who can blowout the field it’s this man. The longer, more open course plays right into his strengths. The higher drivers should carry even further in the humidity generated in Akron.
Rickie Fowler $19,050 - Coming off second place finishes in the US Open and the Open Championship should have his soaring. He finished T2 on this course in 2011 as well. From what I have noticed, Rickie is usually underowned and that makes him a great tournament play.
Brendon Todd $17,650 - Todd is on fire. 26 of 30 cuts made on tour this year with ten top-10 finishes and a win at the Byron Nelson make him one of the most consistent golfers on the planet. The price is much cheaper than the other elite picks which is why he is locked into my lineups.
Angel Cabrera $13,650 - Cabrera is where I am going for value this week. His recent success paired with a clearance sale price tag is enough for me. He’s placed top-25 in eight of his last 10 events on tour including a win.
Bubba Watson, Sergio Garcia, and Phil Mickelson are players I will be avoiding. None of them have a top-20 finish in this event over the last five years.