Each week, we break down the coming week's tournament, giving you the big dogs, the sleepers, and the storylines to watch. This week, it is Firestone, and the home stretch of the PGA Tour season. Here is who we've got our eye on:
Stewart Cink: Sure, it isn't Cink's best season, but he has played better of late, with a top-10 at the Memorial and some respectable finishes in his last three events. While it seems like this season is a hangover for the 2009 British Open champion, he has had great success at Firestone, with a win in 2004 and a playoff loss to Tiger in '06.
Phil Mickelson: Lefty has never loved Firestone, but he has played better here lately, with a fourth place tie in 2008. He is still chasing that illusive No. 1 ranking in the world for the first time in his career, so maybe the added motivation will get him going.
Lee Westwood: The most consistent golfer in the world right now, Westwood is bound to claim another title before the season ends. Firestone seems like the place for him to breakthrough in an actual big PGA Tour event, with two top-10s in the last two years for Lee.
Rickie Fowler: He is quickly becoming the most fun golfer to watch, and that isn't because of his strange outfits or great ballstriking. The rookie keeps showing up at these famed golf courses, and plays them like he's been on tour for years. I'm still convinced he's going to win this season, and after that comeback at the British, this week is as good a chance as he'll have.
Tiger Woods: What, no Tiger at Firestone? You know his record here and no matter how crazy his life is, he will be a factor come Sunday. The pressure continues to mount for Tiger, who is getting closer and closer to a first winless season, and if he exits Firestone without any hardware, the idea will become even closer to reality. Needless to say, it's a pressure-packed week for Mr. Woods.
Alright, who ya got?