3rd Aug Ace's Tips WGC Bridgestone Invitational

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    There’s good luck and bad luck and I had a double dose of the latter on Sunday. For one of my selections to lose in a play-off is bad enough but two on the same day….
    Alexander Levy lost to Jordan Smith in the European Open and Charley Hoffman to Jhonathan Vegas in the Canadian Open. It certainly was an exciting Sunday but unfortunately didn’t go my way, so here’s hoping for a bit of good luck this week.

    The Robert Trent Jones designed South Course at Firestone CC, is the venue for the WGC Bridgestone Invitational this week. The 7400 yards course, is very long for a par 70, with a 667 yards par five 16th, nickname The Monster by Arnold Palmer in 1960, the longest hole played in a non-Major. This week Driving Distance, GIR and Strokes Gained Putting could be important.

    With three missed cuts in his last three outings you wouldn’t think Justin Thomas is a good selection. But in the US Open he was well up there but a 75 in the final round put paid to his chances and finished T9. A close friend of Jordan Spieth, the 24-year-old from Kentucky is a class act with three wins before the end of January and has nine top tens so far this season. He has a good record in Ohio and is playing in virtually his own back yard as he comes from just over the border in Kentucky. He looks like he’s playing good golf but then throws in the odd bad round, so if he manages four good rounds I expect him to be in contention this week.
    DD: 306.5 yards (12) GIR: 67.58% (40) SG: Putting: .387 (34)

    Kevin Chappell is another who has missed a couple of cuts recently but he played really good golf at the Canadian Open last week, finishing T8. He won the Valero Texas Open in April and a T4 in the Fed Ex in June. After a 74 in the first round of the US Open he played three steady rounds to finish T23. In his first attempt at Firestone last year he finished T3, so the course hold no fears to the big hitter. If there is any fault to his game at the moment is his putting but hopefully it all comes together this week.

    DD: 300.8 yards (29th) GIR: 66.41% (84th) SG:Putting: -.490 (187th)

    I was really upset that I hadn’t backed Brooks Koepka for the US Open, as I had be religiously tipping for nearly two years in every Major. He had an up and down start to the season which started to come together at WGC Dell Matchplay and culminated in his win at Erin Hills. In his only real attempt Firestone in 2015 (he withdrew last year due to an injury) Brooks Koepka finished sixth with four sub-70 rounds. His long hitting is solid and he showed at Birkdale that his putting can match anyone. I think this course is a perfect fit for the Floridian and fancy him strongly.
    DD: 307.1 yards (10th) GIR: 64.78% (125th) SG:Putting: .444 (21st)

    Someone who has shown great consistency at Firestone is Rickie Fowler, who has three top tens in his last three starts. I have been a long time admirer of the Californian and this year he has been nearly back to his best, with seven top tens including a win at the Honda Classic. It’s about time the 28-year-old got his hands on a Major and a win in the WGC Bridgestone Invitational could propel him on to bigger things next week. I will probably back him for the USPGA but that wont put me off him this week as.

    DD: 299.2 (37th) GIR: 67.74% (37th) SG:Putting: .803 (3rd)

    1.50 ew Justin Thomas (BetVictor 50-1)
    1.50 ew Kevin Chappell (COral 66-1)
    1.50 ew Brooks Koepka (Ladbrokes 20-1)
    1.50 ew Rickie Fowler (Bet365 18-1)

    There’s good luck and bad luck and I had a double dose of the latter on Sunday. For one of my selections to lose in a play-off is bad enough but two on the same day….
    Alexander Levy lost to Jordan Smith in the European Open and Charley Hoffman to Jhonathan Vegas in the Canadian Open. It certainly was an exciting Sunday but unfortunately didn’t go my way, so here’s hoping for a bit of good luck this week.

    The Robert Trent Jones designed South Course at Firestone CC, is the venue for the WGC Bridgestone Invitational this week. The 7400 yards course, is very long for a par 70, with a 667 yards par five 16th, nickname The Monster by Arnold Palmer in 1960, the longest hole played in a non-Major. This week Driving Distance, GIR and Strokes Gained Putting could be important.

    With three missed cuts in his last three outings you wouldn’t think Justin Thomas is a good selection. But in the US Open he was well up there but a 75 in the final round put paid to his chances and finished T9. A close friend of Jordan Spieth, the 24-year-old from Kentucky is a class act with three wins before the end of January and has nine top tens so far this season. He has a good record in Ohio and is playing in virtually his own back yard as he comes from just over the border in Kentucky. He looks like he’s playing good golf but then throws in the odd bad round, so if he manages four good rounds I expect him to be in contention this week.
    DD: 306.5 yards (12) GIR: 67.58% (40) SG: Putting: .387 (34)

    Kevin Chappell is another who has missed a couple of cuts recently but he played really good golf at the Canadian Open last week, finishing T8. He won the Valero Texas Open in April and a T4 in the Fed Ex in June. After a 74 in the first round of the US Open he played three steady rounds to finish T23. In his first attempt at Firestone last year he finished T3, so the course hold no fears to the big hitter. If there is any fault to his game at the moment is his putting but hopefully it all comes together this week.

    DD: 300.8 yards (29th) GIR: 66.41% (84th) SG:Putting: -.490 (187th)

    I was really upset that I hadn’t backed Brooks Koepka for the US Open, as I had be religiously tipping him for nearly two years in every Major. He had an up and down start to the season which started to come together at WGC Dell Matchplay and culminated in his win at Erin Hills. In his only real attempt Firestone in 2015 (he withdrew last year due to an injury) Brooks Koepka finished sixth with four sub-70 rounds. His long hitting is solid and he showed at Birkdale that his putting can match anyone. I think this course is a perfect fit for the Floridian and fancy him strongly.
    DD: 307.1 yards (10th) GIR: 64.78% (125th) SG:Putting: .444 (21st)

    Someone who has shown great consistency at Firestone is Rickie Fowler, who has three top tens in his last three starts here. I have been a long time admirer of the Californian and this year he has been nearly back to his best, with seven top tens including a win at the Honda Classic. It’s about time the 28-year-old got his hands on a Major and a win in the WGC Bridgestone Invitational could propel him on to bigger things next week. I will probably back him for the USPGA but that wont put me off him this week as.

    DD: 299.2 (37th) GIR: 67.74% (37th) SG:Putting: .803 (3rd)

    1.50 ew Justin Thomas (BetVictor 50-1)
    1.50 ew Kevin Chappell (COral 66-1)
    1.50 ew Brooks Koepka (Ladbrokes 20-1)
    1.50 ew Rickie Fowler (Bet365 18-1)

  • #114764
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    are these selections Bridgestone’s first round 3 balls for ?

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