WGC 2017 Bridgestone Invitational - Predictions & TV Schedule

The 2017 Bridgestone Invitational is scheduled for August 3-6 at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. This is the third WGC event of the year, featuring one of the strongest fields in professional golf. The defending champion is Dustin Johnson. Below are TV schedule and predictions for the 2017 WGC Bridgestone Invitational.

TV Schedule
*Subject to change, error

First Round - Thursday, August 3
TV: Golf Channel (1:30 PM ET)
Streaming: PGA Tour Live / Golf Channel App

Second Round - Friday, August 4
TV: Golf Channel (1:30 PM ET)
Streaming: PGA Tour Live / Golf Channel App

Third Round - Saturday, August 5
TV: CBS (2 PM ET)
Bonus coverage: Golf Channel (12 PM ET)
Streaming: PGA Tour Live / CBSSports.com

Final Round - Sunday, August 6
TV: CBS (2 PM ET)
Bonus coverage: Golf Channel (12 PM ET)
Streaming: PGA Tour Live / CBSSports.com

⛳Trends

Tiger Woods is an eight-time winner at this prestigious tournament. Players who play similarly to the former world no. 1 player should theoretically do well on this course. Also, the average winning score in the last five years is 12 under par; the median is 13 under par. This means the course is mid-range in term of difficulty.

Players similar to Tiger Woods: Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas
2017 PGA Tour Winners (-12 or -13): Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler, Jason Dufner, Jordan Spieth

At 7400+ yards, the Firestone South Course is the longest Par 70 course on tour. Length is important on this course. Unsurprisingly, many of the past winners are extremely long off the tee. Like any Par 70 course, the key to success is doing well on the Par 4s. Barring any rain, the greens here are fast registering 12-13 on the stimpmeter.

Driving Distance: Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, Bubba Watson, Jon Rahm
Par 4 Scoring: Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Hideki Matsuyama, Jon Rahm, Paul Casey
SG Putting: Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Rickie Fowler, Brian Harman, Mackenzie Hughes, Russell Henley

 Firestone Country Club has hosted this event since its inception in 1999. Top players have likely played this course multiple times. Consequently, past performances are good indicators of future success.

Former champions: Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott
Top non-champions: Justin Rose (four top-5s), Rickie Fowler (four top-10s including a T2), Henrik Stenson (five top-20s including a runner-up), Bubba Watson (five top-25s including a second place)

 Form

YTD: Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm, Tommy Fleetwood, Sergio Garcia
Last three WGCs: Dustin Johnson (2 wins), Hideki Matsuyama (1 win), Jon Rahm (two top-3s), Bill Haas (two top-5s), Rory McIlroy (two top-10s)

Aggregates

1. Dustin Johnson
2. Jon Rahm
3. Jordan Spieth
4. Rory McIlroy
5. Rickie Fowler
6. Hideki Matsuyama
7. Justin Thomas
8. Justin Rose
9. Bill Haas

🏆Predictions

Winner: Jon Rahm. The Spanish sensation has redefined what it means to be a rookie. In his first two career WGC starts, he finished third and second respectively. Rahm should feel right at home on the longest Par 70 course on tour. He is currently among the leaders in driving distance and Par 4 scoring, both of which are critical to success at this tournament. He comes into this WGC championship in terrific form, having already won twice worldwide. As a note to fantasy players, Rahm always seems to perform well in tandem with Johnson. For an aggressive play, pick Johnson as well. For a hedge play, pick someone with a different game or style.

Top 10 Finish: Rickie Fowler. Although the Puma star has won only once this season, he has finished in the top 10 ten times and in the top 5 seven times. He is among the leaders in nearly every key statistical category. Needless to say, Fowler has never been more consistent. The former Players champion enjoys a tremendous record at the Bridgestone Invitational, finishing the top 10 four times including a runner-up. This could be the year he finally wins the event after many close calls.

Top 25 Finish: Bill Haas. The American does not have a big weapon like Johnson's power or Matsuyama's iron game or Spieth's putting, but he does everything well. People don't talk much about him, but the Wake Forest alum has been putting together a solid season. Haas finished in the top 25 eleven times this season including top-5 finishes at two of the three WGC events contested. Although Firestone Country Club typically favors long hitters, well-rounded players like Jim Furyk and Stewart Cink have enjoyed success here as well. This could be another good week for the former FedEx Cup champion.

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