At the conclusion of the 147th Open Championship, I was especially interested in whether Tiger Woods would crack the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking. As someone with a sizable bet against a co-worker that Woods will win this season, I was running out of chances following Woods' close call at Carnoustie (Sigh), but I was hoping to get an additional chance. Tiger's best chance. And
I we got it. Moving to No. 50 on the strength of that T-6, Woods just earned a spot in this week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and there's plenty of reason for optimism. Firestone Country Club is hosting the tournament for a final time and to say Tiger owns the place is an understatement with his eight wins, including his last PGA Tour title in 2013.
So yeah, Tiger Woods is in my fantasy fab foursome this week. Heck, Tiger Woods is my fantasy fab foursome this week. But here are a few other picks as well:
Francesco Molinari: The man who took down Tiger and the rest of the field at Carnoustie is still the world's hottest golfer. Not much of a track record at Firestone, but does it matter the way he's firing at flagsticks right now?
Dustin Johnson: While Molinari is the world's hottest golfer, DJ remains the world's best. Johnson won the Canadian Open by three shots for a second consecutive victory in a non-major event. He'll try to make it three straight this week and make it four PGA Tour titles at a place where he won in 2016.
Adam Scott: A T-17 at the Open is the latest indication that the Aussie is close to turning things around. And although Steve Williams won't be on the bag like he was for that "best win of his career" in 2011, Scott has finished T-14 or better six times in his past eight starts at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
And yes. . .
Tiger Woods: Eight wins. More than $10 million in earnings. In ONE event. Enough said. Let's win some big bucks, Big Cat!
And for more WGC-Bridgestone talk and a chat with Jon Rahm about his equipment, please check out this week's Golf Digest Podcast: