Our WGC-Bridgestone Invitational power rankings feature many of the game’s top champions, and a few looking to get back into winning form.
The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational has a unique spot on the PGA TOUR calendar. Just one week removed from the Open Championship, and with the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow immediately following. If it were any other event, this field would feature perhaps one or two of golf’s top stars, at best.
But this isn’t any other event – it’s the final World Golf Championships event of the 2016-17 season, and a fantastic chance for players to earn valuable FedEx Cup and world ranking points. No more excuses about skipping tournaments to prep for a major. This IS a major of sorts, with the real deal up next. What better way to warm up?
Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio remains the host of this prestigious event, as it has been for all but one year in the event’s 18-year history. Prior to the creation of the WGC series, Firestone hosted the “World Series of Golf” from 1976 through 1998. Not only is it a gem of a course, but a wildly popular stop on the schedule for players and fans alike.
One of the longest courses on the calendar, Firestone South tops out at about 7,400 yards, including a 667-yard par-5, the 16th. “The Monster” will test every player’s distance and accuracy, and despite low winning scores, it will punish errant shots as well.
This week’s power rankings will feature many familiar faces, but that’s to be expected with fields like this one. Let’s get started with this week’s top ten at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.