I have to admit that the Canadian Open nade for my best week yet with Martin Flores leading the pack after two days, reaching as high as 53rd among a field of 2745, eventually finishing #376 while playing the DraftKings Weekly Hybrid PGA.
So, this week we move to the Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio for the WGC Bridgestone International. Firestone is a long course--7400 yards--with a relatively low par of 70, so this time I tried to pay attention both to average length of tee shot coupled with the ability of the participant to hit greens in regulation.
Here are the names I like.
Dustin Johnson ($11,800): It is hard to not favor the defending champion who also ranks first in percentage of tee shots hit over 320 yards and third in Greens in Regulation (GIR).
Jon Rahm ($9700): Rahm, who has been smoking hot of late, ranks 26th at GIR, banging onto the carpet 68.55% of the time. He's made 13 of 15 cuts and averages 77.1 points per tourney, a pretty good resume.
Phil Mickelson ($7900): Kind of a low price tag for Phil, who has made 14 of 15 cuts and is as dependable as it gets.
J.B. Holmes ($7600): Holmes ranks fifth in measured tee shots greater than 320 and finished a strong 15-under at the Canadian Open.
Kyle Stanley ($6700): Stanley ranks first in GIR (71.78%), has made 14 of 17 cuts this season, and makes another good low-priced gamble.
Hudson Swafford ($6300): Swafford ranks 26th in GIR (68.52%), finishing 32nd at the Canadian, making a good low-end crapshoot.
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