2016 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational Picks, Including the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week #isitThursdayyet

Happy August campers!  Errrrr, I mean late June.  Man, what a weird feeling it is to have the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone be in late June ham-sandwiched between the U.S. and British Opens.  It’s like an alternate universe or something, but hey, despite the French Open scheduling conflict there’s still a stacked field on our hands this week.

Quickly about the course- at 7,400 yards, tree-lined, hills, thick rough and deep bunkers galore, yeah, a driver-pitch-and-putt it most certainly is not.  With today’s technology advances it’s becoming a rare occurrence when the longest of the long hit driver off the tee a double digit number of times in a single round, but such is the case for our own viewing pleasure this week. #bombandgougefest

My picks last week at the Quicken Loans National were mighty solid, as my Semi-Flier Webb Simpson turned in a solo 6th place finish and Lockzilla Gary Woodland came in with a t-21st, despite struggling to a Sunday 73.  My BUST pick Roberto Castro did slap his way past the cut line and into the weekend, but he finished way back in the pack at t-62nd as expected.

Now, let’s hop into some picks for this week:

LOCKZILLA (Last week: Woodland t-21st)

Jim Furyk
Jim Furyk
– Despite his 46 years of age, his short distance off the tee and his “octopus falling out of a tree” swing, ‘ol Jimmy is an absolute LOCKZILLA at Firestone.  Nine career top 10s here, including a t-3rd last year and a t-2nd in ’12.  In fact, since 2010, his worst finish here is t-23rd.  So yeah, #bombandgouge isn’t everyone’s hashtag this week.

SEMI-FLIER (Last week: Webb 6th)

Louis Oosthuizen
Louis Oosthuizen
– Unquestionably one of the biggest high risk/high reward players in all of golf, I’m rolling the dice and banking on the good Louis this week as I expect him to play extremely well and contend.  In his good showings here, he’s put up some great rounds, finishing solo 4th in ’12 and t-9th in ’10, but in his bad weeks here he’s sprayed it all over the joint and put up some ugly scores.  The latter is what I’m predicting will keep his ownership levels low, which means all the juicier he is for us.

HOSEL-ROCKET BUST (Last week: Castro t-62nd)

Billy Hurley
Billy Hurley III
– I almost feel bad putting him here in this spot, but no question about it that after the biggest week in his golfing life he’s primed for an enormous letdown.  It’s a no-cut, guaranteed 4 rounds tourney where he can coast his way through Sunday at the back of the pack still riding his emotional high from last week.

DRIVER-OFF-THE-DECK BOLD PLAY OF THE WEEK (Last week: t-44th)

Jimmy Walker
Jimmy Walker
– Is he trying to play badly?  Seriously, it almost seems like Jimmy must just be going through the motions out there as he’s just too damn talented to play this poorly for such long stretches.  But, as crazy as it might sound, after a pair of top 30 finishes in Texas in May, I have a feeling that he plays sneaky well this week on a course that should suit him quite nicely.  Definitely worth the flier risk.

#isitThursdayyet

Joel Harrington
@joel4deepgolf

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