Fantasy Golf: WGC Bridgestone Invitational preview


There are a big couple of big tournaments on the horizon for the Today’s Golfer Fantasy Golf game as this week's double-weighted WGC Bridgestone Invitational is followed by the triple-weighted USPGA Championship next week.

The Bridgestone Invitational continues at long-time home Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. The South Course is a par-70 that can stretch to a whopping 7,400 yards.

Forty-eight of the top 50 players in the world are scheduled to tee up (Louis Oosthuizen is out with an injury and Hunter Mahan won't play following the birth of his first child) alongside numerous other tournament winners from the last 12 months in a shortened field with no cut.

Players can open the shoulders off the tee but the greens have proved difficult to hit in regulation and scrambling isn't easy. It's a relatively tough track to make birdies on so patience and the ability to hole putts when it matters could also be important.

Here is TG’s six-man team for the WGC Bridgestone Invitational:

Tiger Woods, £5.5m
The world number one is Mr Firestone. His 12 visits have yielded seven wins and three more top-eights. He has four wins to his name this season and leads the PGA Tour's all-around ranking.

Phil Mickelson, £3.8m
The Open champion has two wins, two runners-up and a third in his last seven events. His recent record at Firestone isn't great but he has notched four top-10s there in the past.

Zach Johnson, £2.2m
Johnson followed a play-off loss at the John Deere with a T6 at The Open. He has two top-10s and another four top-25s in nine consecutive starts at Firestone.

Henrik Stenson, £1.8m
The resurgent Swede has finished T41-T21-T10-T3-2 in his last five starts, so he must be on for a win this week! He leads the PGA Tour in fairways hit and sits second in greens in regulation.

Angel Cabrera, £1.0m
The popular double Major champion has shown fantastic form since losing a play-off at the Masters earlier this year. A run of T9-T13-T11 in his last three events has thrust him back into the world's top 50.

Billy Horschel, £0.7m
The Zurich Classic winner is making his first WGC start but he already has seven top 10s this season and proved he can cut it with the big boys on a tough track with a T4 at the US Open.

> Click here to see a full entry list and player values. You have until 1.30pm on Thursday 1st August to select your team.