FantasyDraft Core Plays: 2017 WGC Bridgestone Invitational

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The WGC Bridgestone Invitational fields only 74 players with a no cut event making it very important to have your guys finish near the top. WGC Bridgestone is played at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.  The course is the longest par 70 on tour coming in at 7,400 yards.  With only 2 par 5’s on the course, this yardage is typically what we see on an average Par 72 course.  This doesn’t mean target bombers as you still need to keep it in the fairway.  Rather than simply targeting bombers, we will be looking more at SG: OTT and Good Drive %.  The greens are also small and some are elevated so you need to be dialed in with your approach shots or scramble your way to par.

Previous Winners

2016 Dustin Johnson
2015 Shane Lowry
2014 Rory McIlroy
2013 Tiger Woods
2012 Keegan Bradley
2011 Adam Scott


Well this forecast doesn’t look great.  We will for sure update for any changes as we get closer since it is only Monday.  There is a 90% chance for storms on Thursday and Friday.  If there is lightning in the area we may see several delays if the forecast holds up.

Key Statistics

  • SG: T2G
  • GIR%
  • Good Drive %
  • Par 4 Scoring
  • Birdie or Better %
  • Scrambling


GPP Plays

Henrik Stenson ($16,400) – Most folks are still off the Stenson train after he ruined his white pants during the WGC Mexico tournament and had to WD.  He then followed that stretch with multiple missed cuts on courses that he typically destroys.  However, we like what we saw from Stenson at The Open and look for him to return to form.  Stenson also has gained the 5th most strokes at Firestone Country Club with two top 6 finishes.

Paul Casey ($15,900) – One bad round at The Open was enough to ruin his chances of winning.  Casey was able to bounce back on the weekend and hopefully can take that form into the WGC Invitational.  Casey has back to back top 20 finishes here at Firestone.  With the year Casey is having, he could easily top 10 this tournament.  In his last 24 rounds, Casey is 3rd in GIR%,  14th in Good Drives gained, 6th in SG: App and 13th in SG: T2G.  Most of my lineups will have Casey on them.

Xander Schauffele ($13,100) – We have been on X MAN for majority of his appearances this season, and why shy away now in a deeper field. He is 6th in Driving Distance over his last 50 rounds, and ranks 11th in Par 4 scoring on 450-500 yard. We already know he can score, and with a no cut event he is the perfect guy to take a chance on with major upside.

Russell Henley ($13,900) – Henley is having the best season of his career and he has a 17th and 27th finish at this WGC event. Henley ranks 20th in the field in DK scoring, 13th SG: OTT, 13th in Par 4 scoring and 4th in SG: putting. He should come in at lower ownership in this field. Keep an eye on tags with FanShare sports.

Kyle Stanley ($12,700) – I am just staring this price down and licking my chops at Kyle Stanley. In an event where you need scoring, Stanley ranks 2nd in the long par 4 scoring. He also ranks top 6 in the field in each SG: T2G, OTT and approach. Stanley is also having himself a year, coming off a win earlier last month he is still hungry wanting to make a name.

Others to consider: Rory McIlroy (2 top 5’s + caddie drama), Bill Haas (Par 4 scoring + course history)

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