Jordan Spieth is back on top of the FedEx Cup rankings, and this week, he finds his way to the top of our Power Rankings as well. He’s peaking at the end of the season, and that should carry over perfectly at Firestone Country Club.
Spieth has won each of his last two starts, the Travelers Championship and the Open at Royal Birkdale. If that’s not enough, he came within a shot of defending his title at the Dean & Deluca Invitational at Colonial back in May. Oh, and that’s not even to mention his win at Pebble Beach (and four more top-tens) from earlier this year.
If we were going off of recent form alone, Spieth would be the prohibitive favorite. When it comes to Firestone, though, we’ve got an even better trend going. The 2017 edition of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational will be Spieth’s fourth trip to Akron. In his three previous outings, Spieth has finished 49th, tied for tenth, and tied for third.
If that isn’t a sign that Spieth is figuring this track out, I don’t know what is.
The stats are pretty much what we’ve come to expect from Spieth. Leading the PGA TOUR in adjusted scoring and birdie average, second in greens-in-regulation and third in putting average, it’s hard to find any real weaknesses Spieth has right now.
Spieth may not be a lock with this strong of a field, but he’s got every single attribute you look for in a winner at Firestone.