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We're on the verge of the final major of the year, and the world's best are tuning up in Akron, Ohio, for the final World Golf Championships event of the year, the Bridgestone Invitational.
Rory McIlroy would be the defending champion, but his July 4 ankle injury continues to keep him on the sidelines. Jordan Spieth is the favorite despite playing on a course where length is a huge advantage.
We didn't have Troy Merritt last week at the Quicken Loans National, but hopefully you did well with our tip of Rickie Fowler, who finished in second.
On to the picks!
1. Jordan Spieth -- Spieth was T-49 here in his first start in this event last year. However, Spieth is a different player since then, and he's ready to give a go to a third major this year. He's been a winner or close in every pre-major start this year.
2. Adam Scott -- Scott has been brilliant since bringing back Steve Williams on the bag. He was the 2011 champion here and has been in the top 15 the last two years.
3. Rickie Fowler -- Fowler finished runner-up at the Quicken Loans National and is coming off an overseas win in Scotland. He's on form, but his Bridgestone Invitational record is somewhat mixed.
4. Jason Day -- Day has one top-five finish in four completed starts here (pulling out last year after two rounds with vertigo-like symptoms). However, Day is at the top of his game and is on the verge of a major breakthrough.
5. Justin Rose -- Rose is a good pick this week, just as he was a week ago at RTJ. He's got two top-five finishes here in his last three starts and has been in the top six in three of his last four PGA Tour starts.
6. Jim Furyk -- Furyk has been playing well overall with two top-five finishes in his last four starts. He also has four top-15 Firestone finishes in his last five starts here. The grinder hangs around par, which is good here.
7. Hideki Matusyama -- Matsuyama is the new Kuchar, just a blistering pace of consistency. The guy doesn't miss too often and is a practical fixture in the top 25. In firm conditions, his putting shouldn't be as much of an issue.
8. Louis Oosthuizen -- The South African is a bit hit-or-miss here, like most players, on a course that demands brilliancy off the tee and with approaches to long par 4s time and again. Oosty has two top-nine finishes here in four starts and is playing brilliantly overall.
9. Brooks Koepka -- This is a feel pick above all else, with Koepka notching four consecutive top-18 finishes on Tour. He's long and that's good enough for us.
10. Dustin Johnson -- It would seem that Johnson should be dominant here, but he hits so few fairways that it gets him into trouble. Never shot better than 65 here, his best round here by three compared to his other 19 WGCBI rounds.
My DraftKings team for this week:
1. Justin Rose -- $10,600
2. Jim Furyk -- $8,900
3. Danny Willett -- $7,800
4. Robert Streb -- $7,500
5. Bernd Wisberger -- $7,500
6. Hunter Mahan -- $7,500
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