Tiger Woods put on a show last week absolutely dominating the Bridgestone Invitational and taking home his eighth win at Firestone. The one remaining question for Tiger is can he carry that success over to a Major Championship victory. Well, thanks to the PGA Championship this week we won’t have to wait long to find out. The PGA heads to Oak Hill Country Club in Pittsford, NY for this year’s version of the final Major of the year. Oak Hill isn’t extremely long, plays par-70, and is expected to present a challenge with narrow fairways and heavy rough. It won’t be the Open Championship or even the US Open as far as scoring goes, but don’t expect anything too low-scoring either.
Last week, Tiger was the only thing low-scoring as he rolled over the field on his way to victory. Thankfully, he was on my roster and on most of those in our group. Overall, our FantasyCPR group was very high-scoring this week let by MTCup with 218 points. My entry had 198, but wasn’t in the top three as I moved into fourth for the segment. Above Par leads the Summer segment after a solid 200-point week for the second week in a row while Foot-Wedge leads the overall standings by over 100 points.
Here’s the picks I’m going with for this week’s tournament and my Best Ball Challenge (link to group here) at the bottom.
Tiger Woods: Woods has dominated in everything this season but hasn’t won a Major. He does have a pair of top-six finishes in the first three of the season along with five wins in other tournaments. If you have Tiger starts left, this is one to use it in.
Brandt Snedeker: Snedeker struggled last week but has never had big success at Firestone. Oak Hill is much more tailored to his game and he had four top 20’s before last week culminating with his win at the Canadian Open.
Matt Kuchar: I have plenty of Tiger starts but am quickly running out of Kuchar plays. This course, though, sets up perfect for Kuch to get his first Major win. He finished t2 at the Canadian for his second runner-up finish of the season to go with his two wins at the Memorial and the Match Play Championship. He’s a ball-striker who likes classic layouts which is how this course is being described.
Zach Johnson: Johnson has three straight top tens with a t2 at the John Deere, a t6 at the Open Championship, and a t4 at the Bridgestone Invitational. Johnson attacks a course differently than the longer hitters which can be his biggest asset and detriment.
Keegan Bradley: Bradley has a handful of top four finishes this season including a t2 last week way, way behind Tiger. Bradley is from the Northeast and should fare well at Oak Hill.
Hunter Mahan: Mahan winning would be an absolutely great storyline after he pulled out of the Canadian Open to get home for the birth of his first child. Sleepless nights may have affected his game, but before fatherhood he was in excellent form and has been in contention at the Majors this year.
Henrik Stenson: Stenson has been in the top three in his last three worldwide tournaments. Finished second at the Open Championship and t21 at the US Open.
Charl Schwartzel: Schwartzel has been near the top of leaderboards all season it seems but hasn’t been able to finish on top. He has four top tens and just one missed cut in his 14 US tournaments, so he’s a safe pick that I think could pay off if he gets rolling at Oak Hill.
Best Ball Challenge
Round 1: Tiger, Z. Johnson, S. Stallings, J. Senden
Round 2: Tiger, David Lynn, Henrik Stenson, Scott Piercy
Round 3: Matt Kuchar, David Lynn, Rory McIlroy, Michael Thompson
Round 4: TBA