04 August, 2017
There are precisely seven holes that play between 450 and 500 yards, so players who excel at 450-500 yard par 4s and/or 175-200 yard approaches will be at an advantage with a good handful of shots coming from that distance this week.
Scottish No 1 Russell Knox got off to a promising start in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in OH, where Rory McIlroy declared himself satisfied with the first page of a new chapter in his career.
The Texan said he is not ready to move past the British Open triumph even as he faces the chance to complete a career grand slam at a record young age in next week's PGA Championship at Quail Hollow in North Carolina.
Rory MciIroy is back in the field for the first time since winning the Invitational in 2014. Stanley has no problem hitting greens and gaining on the field from tee-to-green, you just have to pray that Stanley will make his four footers this week.
Johnson was in the middle of a sublime run of form when he won this event in 2016, beating Scott Piercey by a shot thanks to final round of 66. I felt like it was the right thing to do and I don't think there was any good time to do it.
Last year Dustin Johnson continued his hot streak by winning the tournament and unsurprisingly he is well fancied this year as well at 9/1. He doesn't have many appearances at the Bridgestone Invitational, but Chappell did finish third previous year. He won the US Open, with a -16 that earned him more than $2.1M.
Brooks Koepka is listed with 18/1 odds to win this tournament. There will be also be further intrigue surrounding Rory after it was reported that he had split from long-time caddie JP Fitzgerald after nine years together. Here are some golfers we like to contend for the win.
It's a big deal to win at Firestone.
One guy who is qualified but not here is Brandt Snedeker. Is one of the most dominant ball strikers in the world at the moment and I expect him to do very well this weekend - was 6 here in 2015. The only tournaments in golf that pay out more money or have more FedEx Cup points at stake than the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational are The Masters, U.S. Open, The Players Championship, The PGA Championship, and The Open Championship.
McIlroy has won the US PGA twice before.
Each Way: Dustin Johnson.