Bridging the Gap

Mike Glasscott
Rotoworld
Wrapping our "King for a Day" set, our lead columnist argues for more fantasy coverage, especially when a notable like Phil Mickelson is off

King for a Day: Fantasy Boost

Wrapping our "King for a Day" set, our lead columnist argues for more fantasy coverage, especially when a notable like Phil Mickelson is off

WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

Firestone Golf Club South Course

Akron, Ohio

Firestone Golf Club

South Course

Twitter: @WGC_Bridgestone

Yards: 7,400

Par: 70 (35-35)

Greens: Pencross bentgrass; Poa annua; 7,619 square feet on average.

Stimpmeter: 13+

Rough: Kentucky bluegrass; perennial ryegrass 4”

Bunkers: 82

Water Hazards: 3

Course Architects: Bert Way (1928); Re-design Robert Trent Jones ( 1960)

Purse: $8,750,000

Winner’s Share: $1,500,000

FexExCup Points: 550 to the winner

Defending Champion: Keegan Bradley rolled in a par putt on the 72nd hole to claim a one shot victory in earning his first WGC title.

Dates: August 1-4

Notes: 74 players are entered and there is no cut.  Jordan Spieth and Louis Oosthuizen  were eligible for this event but all three have decided not to play due to various reasons.

History Lessons

Tiger Woods has played this event 13 times. He’s won it seven of them.

There have been 32 tournaments this season. The Stars and Stripes have won 26 of them.

There have also been 11 first-time winners this season. There have also been four, multiple winners, Tiger Woods (four) and Matt Kuchar (WGC-Match Play; Memorial) and now Mickelson and Snedeker in the last two weeks. There were only nine first-time winners in 2012.

Tiger Woods set the course record in 2000 with a 61 in the second round.

Tiger Woods set the tournament record with 259 (21-under-par) in 2000.

Adam Scott went wire-to-wire in his 2011 victory. Jim Furyk led for 71 holes last year. WHAT DOES THIS ALL MEAN? That Woods guy seems to win many tournaments when front-running…

Only 10 players have won a major and a WGC title.

Past Champions in the field:

Keegan Bradley 2012

Adam Scott 2011

Hunter Mahan 2010

Tiger Woods seven times

The winners on TOUR have been Johnson, D (28), Henley (24), Gay (41), Woods FOUR  times (37), Mickelson TWICE (42), Snedeker TWICE (32), Merrick (30) Kuchar TWICE (34), Thompson, M (27) Brown (29), Streelman (34), Points (36), Laird (30), Scott (32), G-Mac (33), Horschel (26), Ernst (22), Bae (26), Weekley (39) English (23), Rose (32), Duke (44) Haas (31), Blixt (29) and Spieth (19).  The young folks (30 and younger) now have 12 victories; the 30-somethings have racked up 15 victories, and the “old folks” (40 and up) have five wins on the year.

Rank and File

As of Monday afternoon, 46 of the top 50 players in the OWGR are entered this week. 

Of Course

Firestone South has given up an average winning score of around 12-under over its recent history. This course has a handful of brutal par fours and one of the longest par-five holes on TOUR so the best players in the world will have to cash in on the other holes. Hole No. 16 measures 667 yards so one of the only two par fives won’t be a guaranteed birdie so that leaves the other par five and the par fours and threes to make birdies. Keeping the ball in play off the tee and hitting GIR will be the keys to victory. Or, play it like Keegan Bradley did last year as he led the field in birdies, strokes gained-putting, putts per GIR on top of T6 in driving accuracy and T11 in GIR. That’s a perfect recipe! Gamers, remember Luke Donald was second here in 2011 and Jim Furyk led for 71 holes last year so that proves that “short” hitters can also flourish in this event.

Tiger Woods has won this event seven times because of his ability to hit high iron shots into the mostly raised greens. It doesn’t hurt that he’s long off the tee and one of the best putters of fast greens ever. The Stimpmeter will be rolling close to 14 this week so excellent putters should be rewarded on these large greens. In WGC events, the cream usually rises to the top and this week shouldn’t be an exception. I’m looking for a premium player who has been in sharp form and isn’t afraid of the big moment on a Sunday afternoon.

Best 10, Plus One

Often referred to as “the chalk” in the Sunday wrap-up column, these are the best players in the field for my money.

Tiger Woods: As mentioned before, he’s won seven times in 13 trips to Akron. His four wins this season have come on courses where he’s had tremendous successes before. He’s coming off a disappointing T6 at The Open but Woods doesn’t live life in the rear-view mirror. He’s the one-and-done this week for me.

Phil Mickelson: He only has one top 10 finish in his last 10 starts here. In that same time frame, he has only two finishes inside the top 25. Remember, this is a 70-something person field annually so those numbers should scare gamers. Remember, he’s was second at the U.S. Open and he won The Open Championship and since this event is not being played at The Greenbrier, gamers should be encouraged. He’s in the form of his life so I’m on board, history be damned.

Justin Rose: If he’s in the field, he’s on this list for me. His length and accuracy off the tee allows him to flag hunt on the greens. He’s 13th in GIR and second in scoring average so I’m not over-thinking this one even after his MC at The Open his last time out. He’s 13th on TOUR in par-four performance and has two top five finishes in his last five trips to Akron.

Brandt Snedeker: He has the second-most wins on TOUR since 2011, five, and trails only Tiger Woods (seven) in this time frame after his win last week in Canada. Snedeker loves slick greens and if his ball-striking continues to hold up, there’s no reason to believe he cannot win each time he tees it up. He’s currently third on TOUR in par-four performance and is second in birdie-or-better conversion percentage. His current form demolishes his course history in Akron.

Matt Kuchar: In the last three years at Firestone he’s posted T9, T19 and T8 last year and only three of those rounds have been over par. He’s kills par fours and his short game gets him out of most jams. He’s shown that he has no problem at these WGC events as he won Match Play earlier in the year and has eight top 10 finishes in 12 starts.

Adam Scott: He backed up his T9 in 2010 with a victory in 2011 so his recent form around here is just fine. He’s a monster off the tee and his caddy seems to know his way to the winner’s circle at this joint. One of the best ball-strikers around, Scott is impossible to count out if he’s in the field.

Charl Schwartzel: He’s finished in the top 15 of his last three events on TOUR and should be excited to return to the South Course after his 63 last year on Sunday. He’s plenty long and has no problem putting slick greens.

Keegan Bradley: The 2012 champion has played eight rounds on this track and has SEVEN of them under par. Whoa. His T15 finish in 2011 would have been even higher except that he limped home on Sunday with 74. I take it he enjoys long, greasy par 70 layouts as all three of his victories have been on tough tracks (TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas, Atlanta Athletic Club and Firestone South). He excels because his well-rounded game can handle the length, the long irons and slick greens. Bradley closed 70-71 at Muirfield so he should be ready to bust out this week.

Lee Westwood: He’s added Sean Foley, Ian Baker-Finch and now sports psychologist Ross MacKenzie to his stable as he tries to add more trophies to his new home in West Palm. In his last five trips to Akron, the Englishman has a T2, T9 and ninth against a WD and 70th (2012). The harder the course, the more I like Westwood.

Steve Stricker: Mr Part-Timer returns this week after celebrating his 20th anniversary with his lovely wife. His picking and choosing of a limited schedule in 2013 as yielded over 2.3 million in earnings and a ranking of No. 22 in the FEDEXCup standings. The reason WGC-BI is on his list? Simple, he’s finished T6, T9, 14th and T2 last season in his last four. His worst finish in the last five years at a WGC stroke-play event is T18. Nothing to worry about here!

Dustin Johnson: He was one shot behind Brandt Snedeker last week as he stood on No. 17 on Sunday. I’m not worried about the tee shot he hit OB, it happens; I’m more concerned, in a good way, which his game is coming around. He opened with 75 and could have mailed it in. He didn’t. He did the exact opposite which was cranking out 40 holes without a bogey or worse until No. 17. He had a nice finish in Munich. He was right in at The Open until a 76-77 weekend derailed his chances. He was on back with two to play last weekend. It’s coming. He’s obviously comfortable with his relationship with Paulina Gretzky (read his Twitter feed) and he looks like he’s reading to win again. In four starts here, three have finished T22 or better but is yet to crack a top 10.

Just Missed

Not to be dismissed

Henrik Stenson: The new and improved Stenson has four top 10s in 12 starts this season including finishing second twice. He leads the TOUR in driving accuracy and is second in GIR. Those stats travel anywhere, folks. His successes usually come down to how his putter is cooperating but he will no doubt have many chances to make birdies. Stenson didn’t look out of place on Sunday at The Open and he played three of the four rounds that week UNDER par. Yes, please!

Jason Day: The Columbus resident has his second home game of the season (Memorial) and it looks like he’s taking to the South Course at Firestone. In 12 rounds over the last three years, Day has only fired two over-par rounds. He also rattled off a 63 en route to T4 in 2011. Day was in the thick of The Open until his final round 77 knocked him back to T32. His wrist isn’t bothering him but it was taped up at Muirfield. He’ll be happy to see some nice, large greens that hold shots. He’ll also be happy that they will be slick instead of lumpy and bumpy.

Bill Haas: He’s like G-Mac right now as he’s all-or-nothing. In his last seven starts he’s rang up a win, T4 and T9. He’s also MC in four events, including two majors. He’s having a great season but he doesn’t exactly love the South Course as he has just two rounds in the 60s in three starts.

Luke Donald: His back-to-back MCs are the first on his docket since SHO and the Masters in 2010. Whoa. He missed four cuts that year. He missed two cuts in 2011. He missed one cut last year. After recording T45 in 2009 and T46 in 2010, he went T2 in 2011 and T8 last year. Got it? Me neither. He lives and dies with his putter, and has to, because he’s currently 170th in GIR on TOUR. I’ll lean on his track record here and the fact that there is no cut.

Jason Dufner: Three things I like heading into this week for Dufner: One, he closed with 67 on Sunday at Muirfield. Two, he was seventh here in his debut last season. Three, he also plays pretty well at long, greasy par 70 setups (second to Bradley at AAC; also won at Byron Nelson; T4 at the last two U.S. Opens). It also doesn’t hurt that he’s a par-four machine as well.

Hideki Matsuyama: I feel this could be a stretch but he’s been playing well enough to be considered in this field. In his last three starts he’s finished T10 at the U.S. Open, T6 (including a one-shot slow-play penalty…) at The Open and T16 last week in Canada. He’s shown he belongs in big fields and has already navigated Merion and Muirfield. What could possibly shake him at this point! He’s a South Course virgin.

Ian Poulter: He’s a confidence player and he seems to get geeked when the best players are lined up across the tee box from him. He entered The Open looking for new putters on Twitter and ended Sunday on the podium (T3). OK, then. He currently sits 70th on the FEDEXCup points list so solid finishes this week and next at the PGA would vault him closer to the top 30. He’s a hard one to pigeon hole but I’ll ride the confidence after his 67 on Sunday at The Open. #fingerscrossed

Hunter Mahan: He would be in here if he was playing. As of Monday morning, he’s still in the field but I’m guessing that he’s not going to show and I don’t blame him. Mahan officially WD Monday afternoon. There will be no alternate to replace him.

Angel Cabrera: After playing this event nine years in a row, Cabrera makes his return for the first time since 2010. He’s is in this category because of his “all-or-nothing-ness” this season and at this event. In that streak of nine consecutive starts, Cabrera racked up three T4s but didn’t have any other finishes better than T23. He’s nine of his last 10 on TOUR with five of those finishes T13 or better.

Jim Furyk: Watch out, Paul H, he’s baaaaaaaaaaack! Coming off his best result since April last week in Canada (T9), Furyk has finished T2 and T6 in two of the last three years at Firestone South. In 13 career starts here, he’s pinged the top 10 EIGHT times. When form meets course history…

Sleepers

Shane Lowry: His worst finish in his last six starts was T32 at The Open Championship. He has three finishes in the top 12 in this nice run of form. He shot 300 the only time he played this even four years ago so he has played the course. Steady form is the play here.

Bo Van Pelt: He’s 14 of 18 on the season but has only hit the top 10 once (Wells Fargo). Last year, he had 10 top 10s in 24 events. In three trips to Akron, BVP has finished T3, T23 and T8 last season. He had a nice closing 68 at Muirfield and maybe that’s the round he needs to break out of his slump. I love how making over $850,000 is considered a slump but compared to what he did last year, making over $3,000,000, it is.

Harris English: After winning the FESJC, English has kept the momentum moving in the right direction as he’s seen his last four weekends on TOUR. Since MC at the RBC Heritage, he’s eight of nine and seven of those finishes have been in the top 35. His last two outings were T15 at JDC and T15 at The Open Championship. He’s long, he hits plenty of greens and he’s a very solid putter. He’ll be comfortably under the radar this week.

Martin Laird: He’s made six cuts on the bounce and played Muirfield one-over-par through 71 holes. The nine he made on Saturday was the “other” hole, unfortunately. In the last three years he’s racked up T16, T11 and T29 last season which is solid in a field like this.

Pack Lightly

Just because they have well-recognized names doesn’t always mean you have to panic to fill your roster out with them…Also, it seems at least one of these guys will hit the top 10 EVERY week. I’m not scared.

Ernie Els: This will be his eight consecutive term teeing it up at WGC-BI. In the previous seven events, Els’ best finish is T22 twice. He has played 44 rounds and 11 of them have been in the 60s.

Sergio Garcia: The Spaniard is teeing it up for lucky No. 13 here in 2013. He has one top 10 in that stretch. In the last five years, his best finish is also T22 twice.

Graeme McDowell: He’s recent roller coaster ride now includes a MDF on top of three wins, five MCs and a T58. He’s played here the last five years and has two rounds under par. Not this week for me.

Rory McIlroy: The good news there is no cut. The bad news there is no cut. When I can’t get a read on a guy, I leave him to the others.

Reno-Tahoe Open

Montreux Golf & Country Club

Reno, Nevada

Montreux Golf & Country Club

Twitter: @Reno_Tahoe_Open

Yards: 7,472

Par: 70 (36-36)

Greens: bentgrass; Poa annua; 5,500 square feet on average.

Stimpmeter: 11.5’

Rough: Kentucky bluegrass; perennial ryegrass at 3.5”

Bunkers: 62

Water Hazards: 6

Course Architect: Jack Nicklaus (1995); Re-design Jack Nicklaus (2002)

Purse: $3,000,000

Winner’s Share: $540,000

FexExCup Points: 300 to the winner

Defending Champion: J.J. Henry held off Brazilian Alex Rocha by one POINT to claim his second TOUR victory in his career.

Dates: August 1-4

Notes: Welcome back to the Modified Stableford Scoring system. The way the scoring works is as follows: two points for every birdie, five points for every eagles, eight points for every double-eagle (I’m not a math a guy, but…), zero points for par, minus one point for bogey and minus three points for double-bogey (again, I’m no math guy, but…). MODIFIED is the key word above, not MATH.

History Lessons:

Americans have won all 14 events at Reno-Tahoe Open.

Half of the winners here have been first-timers.

Just five of the 14 winners have been in their 20s when lifting the trophy.

Vaughn Taylor (2004-2005) is the only multiple winner and person to defend the title.

Last year was the first year of the Modified Stableford Scoring system.

Of Course

History buffs will have to remember this week last year Montreux switched its nines last year for tournament play. From 1999-2011 the course played the back nine first and the back nine last and with the addition of the new scoring system, history won’t be the determining factor this week.

For the second week in a row on TOUR a Nicklaus course will be the order of the week. Nicklaus courses are known for their generous fairways so to score this week, iron play will be the biggest factor. Just like every week on TOUR, it doesn’t hurt if you hole a ton of putts but the guys who hit the most greens will have the most chances to gain two points (birdie) on each hole. Par (zero points) are nice but aggressive play will be rewarded this week.

Players who avoid bogeys and make plenty of birdies and eagles will be your best bets this week. Gamers don’t have to worry about the course length as this event sits at over 5,000 feet above sea level so the ball will go. The greens are above average in size but aren’t massive so iron players that are dialed in will have an advantage. This is the last opportunity for players to play themselves into the PGA Championship next week at Oak Hill and it is the second-to-last event (Wyndham Championship) to get in the FEDEXCup Playoffs. #pressure

The Contenders/Pretenders/Dreamers/Screamers

Your mission, if you choose it, is to determine what category they fall into this week.

Chad Campbell: He’s now seen the weekend in seven straight and his last three have been T15, T7 and T16 last week in Canada. Currently 127th in points, he will also need another solid finish or two to see at least the first round of the FEDEXCup Playoffs. His form suggests this isn’t out of the question.

Rory Sabbatini: In his last four he’s posted T9, MC, T17 and T12 last week so he’s taken an otherwise dismal season and rallied to sit at 109th currently.  He kills par fives and he’s ninth on TOUR in birdie average.

Brendan Steele: After missing six cuts in a row, he’s rattled off four out of five weekends to right the ship. He opened with 65 last week in Canada before imploding and he was T8 last year. And he’s American.

Stuart Appleby: He’s currently 124th on the points list so he’ll need to get it into gear to find a more secure spot as the PLAYOFFS approach. The good news is that 10 of his last 12 rounds have been par or better.

Richard H. Lee: Since the beginning of April Lee has played 10 of 11 weekends and he should be excited to return to the West Coast. He was T12 here last year and his lack of the length off the tee won’t be a factor at this altitude.

John Rollins: He was second here in 2008 and was victorious in 2009 so if there is a horse-for-course this week, Rollins qualifies easily. After T4 at Colonial and sixth at FESJC he’s posted T79, T34, MC and MC to move off the radar. His ball-striking leads to birdie chances and that’s all you can ask for this week.

J.J. Henry: The defending champ has a T5 and T7 in two of his last five events so he’s rounding into shape to join Vaughn Taylor as the only player to defend his title in Reno.

Josh Teater: There’s nothing in the “recent form” category that jumps out but he was seventh here last year and T10 in 2011. In a thin field, there’s nothing wrong with a decent ball-striker and above-average putter.

Kevin Stadler: The Reno native posted T8 at Zurich and in the eight events following his best finish is T27. He’s six out of seven at Montreux and has two top fives to show for his effort, including T2 in 2007.

Aaron Baddeley: He, like Appleby, is Aussie so they have no chance of winning this week as Americans have won every Reno-Tahoe Open. That being said, Baddeley is coming off TEN missed cuts before his T9 last week in Canada. That’s a streak of one. I’m guessing he fires again this week. STRIKE WHILE THE AUSSIE IS HOT PEOPLE!

Ben Crane: He’s only made 10 cuts from 18 starts this season but I’ll take calculated risk on a guy who has multiple TOUR wins, four, and get it hot with the putter at the drop of a hat. He also has incentive to kick it into gear as he’s currently 122nd in points.

Luke List: His T21 last week was his best in nine starts. And he’s from Vanderbilt, just like Snedeker. #VandyDouble on Nicklaus courses in back-to-back weeks! He. Hits. It. A. Mile. Where it lands, well…

Peter Uihlien: He’s currently playing on the European Tour and is No. 43 on the Race to Dubai, their TOUR Championship. In his last six events he has a T12 and two T10s while only missing one cut. You know my rule: good golf is good golf regardless of where it is being played.

Trevor Immelman: He’s the South African Aaron Baddeley recently. Leading into last week, he had missed eight of nine and six straight before posting T21. I don’t want to look like I just favor Australians who miss tons of cuts. #equality

Long Shots

Vaughn Taylor: He’s won here twice.

Tom Pernice, Jr.: He closed with a 66 at the Senior Open and was T8 here last year. Pernice WD Tuesday morning.

Rookie of the Week Last Week

I keep an eye on the young’uns each week to see who is making the most noise.

Sony: Russell Henley WIN

Humana: David Lingmerth P2

Farmers: Brad Fritsch T9

WMPO: James Hahn T16

AT&T: James Hahn T3

NTO: Luke Guthrie T21

WGC-Match Play: Russell Henley 2nd round

Honda: Luke Guthrie 3rd

WGC-Cadillac: Russell Henley T28

Puerto Rico: Jordan Spieth 2nd

Tampa Bay: Jordan Spieth T7; Shawn Stefani T7; Ben Kohles T7

Arnold Palmer: Ben Kohles T14

Shell Houston Open: Robert Streb T22

Valero Texas Open: Ben Kohles T37

Masters: Russell Henley MC

RBC Heritage: Russell Henley T6

Zurich Classic: D. H. Lee T8

Wells Fargo Championship: Derek Ernst WIN

THE PLAYERS: David Lingmerth. Great back-to-back weeks for the rookies on TOUR!

HPBNC: Morgan Hoffmann T5

Colonial: Jordan Spieth, yep, him again, T7

Memorial: Russell Henley T6

FESJC: Patrick Reed Fifth

U.S. Open: David Lingmerth T17; special mentions for Hideki Matsuyama T10 and Michael Kim T17.

Travelers: Morgan Hoffmann T9

AT&T National: D.H. Lee T3; Jordan Spieth 6th; Morgan Hoffmann T8

Greenbrier: David Lingmerth and D.H. Lee both T9

John Deere: Jordan Spieth WIN

The Open Championship: Jordan Spieth T44

Sanderson Farms: Steve LeBrun T26

RBC Canadian: Patrick Reed T9

One-and-Done

SEASON TOTAL: $4,310,125

HTOC: Steve Stricker (2nd; $665,000)

Sony: Charles Howell III (T3; $324,800)

Humana: Tim Clark (MC)

Farmers: Rickie Fowler (T6; $204,350)

WMPO: Jason Dufner (MC)

AT&T Pebble: Hunter Mahan (T16; $94,250)

Northern Trust: Bill Haas (T3; $343,200)

WGC-Match Play: Charl Schwartzel (T33; $46,000)

Honda: Lee Westwood (T9; $156,000)

WGC-Cadillac Championship: Matt Kuchar (T35; $68,500)

Tampa Bay: Jim Furyk (T7; $148,892)

Bay Hill: Sergio Garcia (WD after three rounds)

Shell Houston: Jimmy Walker (T50; $14,838)

Valero: Cameron Tringale (MC)

Masters: Phil Mickelson (T54; $18,320)

RBC Heritage: Luke Donald (T3; $336,400)

Zurich Classic: Bubba Watson (T15; $102,500)

Wells Fargo: Webb Simpson (T32; $37,073)

THE PLAYERS: Nick Watney (MC)

HPBNC: Jason Day (T27; $46,565)

Colonial: Kevin Streelman (MC)

Memorial: K.J. Choi (T21; $58,202)

FESJC: Ryan Palmer (4th; $273,600)

US Open: Graeme McDowell (MC)

Travelers: John Rollins (MDF; $11,041)

AT&T National: Billy Horschel (T61; $14,040)

The Greenbrier Classic: Graham DeLaet (T30; $36,618)

John Deere Classic: Jordan Spieth (WIN; $828,000)

The Open Championship: Adam Scott (T3; $428,776)

RBC Canadian: Chris Kirk (T21; $54,160)

WGC-BI: Tiger Woods

GolfChannel.com Fantasy Challenge

WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

I play as “Glass” for ALL fantasy games

Mike Glasscott (Rank: 1,781; $17,791,857)

Group 1: Tiger Woods

Group 2: Dustin Johnson

Group 3: Bill Haas

Group 4: Harris English

Ryan O’Sullivan (Rank: 5,378; $15,908,837)

Group 1: Tiger Woods

Group 2: Keegan Bradley

Group 3: Angel Cabrera

Group 4: Paul Casey


Ned Brown (Rank: 912; $18,679,937) “Pure Spin”

Group 1: Tiger Woods

Group 2: Dustin Johnson

Group 3: Jim Furyk

Group 4: Paul Casey

Rob Bolton (Rank: 8,052; $14,969,183)

Group 1: Tiger Woods

Group 2: Henrik Stenson

Group 3: Bill Haas

Group 4: Harris English

Women’s Open

Mike Glasscott

Group 1: Inbee Park

Group 2: Christie Kerr

Group 3: Vickie Hurst

Group 4: Juli Inkster

Ryan O’Sullivan

Group 1: Inbee Park

Group 2: Christie Kerr

Group 3: Sandra Gal

Group 4: Laura Davies

Ned Brown

Group 1: Inbee Park

Group 2: Paula Creamer

Group 3: Se Ri Pak

Group 4: Hee Kyung Seo

Rob Bolton

Group 1: Inbee Park

Group 2: Karrie Webb

Group 3: Morgan Pressel

Group 4: Jennifer Rosales

Ned said, “…

Group A

Tiger Woods-- He has four wins on the season and he is a seven-time champion at Firestone. I have only two starts left with him this season, but his record is so strong here that I think he is a must-use this week.

Brandt Snedeker—He is back to the top form he was at to start the season, however Tiger Woods record is so outstanding at Firestone that I probably will play Tiger all four days.

SUPER SUBS

Phil Mickelson, Bill Haas, Bubba Watson

Group B

Steve Stricker-- He has finished in the top 10 in his last two starts on the TOUR and his recent record at Firestone has been very good, with top 10s in three of his last four starts (T6 in '09, T9  in '10 and T2 last year).

Keegan Bradley-- I thought Bradley looked good in his T15 finish at the British Open and his brief history here is very strong with a T15 in '11 and a championship last year.

Jim Furyk-- Since this is a no-cut event, I'm going to save starts on Matt Kuchar (one left) and Justin Rose (two left). Instead, I'm going to use Jim Furyk, who looked good last week in his T9 at the Canadian Open. His record at Firestone in very good with eight top 10s in 13 career starts including a T2 last year.

Zach Johnson-- It was an easy call that Johnson would do well at the John Deere Classic, but he then surprised me with his T6 at the British Open. His record at the WGC-Bridgestone is solid with two top 10s in nine starts.

SUPERS SUBS

Matt Kuchar, Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson

Group C

Adam Scott-- I'm getting low on starts with Adam Scott (three left), but he looked great at the British Open and he won a championship here just two years ago.

Henrik Stenson-- It's real tempting to take Lee Westwood here, however Stenson has been on fire, with a T3 at the Scottish Open and a second place at the British Open.

SUPER SUBS

Lee Westwood, Charl Schwartzel, Hideki Matsuyama

“Pure Spin”

Points last week: 202

Points this year: 4,956

Overall Ranking: (125; 99th percentile)

Coming Wednesday

And the analysis doesn't end here. Rotoworld's Rob Bolton and I will be co-hosting a one-hour live chat WEDNESDAY at NOON ET. We will be breaking down the field at WGC-BI and the Reno-Tahoe Open and answering your questions. Simply return to the golf home page to join in on the chatter. Don’t forget to follow Rob (https://twitter.com/RobBoltonGolf) and Glass (https://twitter.com/GlassWGCL) on Twitter

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