If the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational feels a touch out of kilter this week perhaps it’s because it’s being played earlier in the PGA Tour schedule to accommodate the Olympics (which so many players are planning to skip), several of the top European players have opted to play for double Ryder Cup points in France and there’s no Tiger Woods, who won this event eight times.
Still, it’s Firestone, it’s a WGC event and it lands square between the U.S. Open and the Open Championship.
Here are our five players to watch:
Shane Lowry: He nearly won the U.S. Open and he did win at Firestone last year, thanks to a miraculous shot in the playoff. Lowry is a very good player on a nice roll. No reason it shouldn’t continue.
Jason Day: Because he’s, well, Jason Day.
Jordan Spieth: Because he’s, well, Jordan Spieth.
Rickie Fowler: His recent form has been flat, at best. But Fowler is due to get things going the other way soon. This looks like a good spot to start a late-season run.
Daniel Berger: He’s won recently, he’s continued to play well and this is the kind of place where he could elevate his status in the game another notch with a victory.