The PGA Tour schedule is heating up with back-to-back big tournaments on the schedule, starting this week with the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
As with all the WGC events, the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone features 50 of the world’s top players, which means you’ll have a lot of really tough choices this week building your DraftKings’ roster. There’s plenty of really good options, but only six names to put you in the money.
Here’s a look at the guys I’m taking this week in Akron:
Louis Oosthuizen – $9,800 – My anchor this week is Louis Oosthuizen — and why not? Besides the current world No. 2, is there anyone hotter?
Oosthuizen has proven he can win on the biggest stages and will be making his first start in the states since nearly hoisting the claret jug for a second time a couple weeks ago. I think he can stay hot and possibly even sneak out a win this week at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
Even if a win isn’t in the cards, I think you’d be remiss to pass on a guy who’s almost assured of having a solid week.
Keegan Bradley – $8,800 – I’m taking a bit of a flyer this week on Keegan Bradley, but I think it could pay off. Bradley is no stranger to success here, having won in 2012 and finished runner-up in 2013.
I think a walk around Firestone could be exactly what Bradley needs to get his 2015 on track. If not, his local knowledge should be enough to provide more than a few birdies regardless of where he ends up finishing.
Jimmy Walker – $8,300 – Jimmy Walker won earlier this year in Hawaii, but hasn’t been able to duplicate the success he had last year. He’s been putting together some good rounds lately and it seems like he’s ready to bust through.
Walker has won a handful of times on the PGA Tour in the last two years, but is still looking for that signature win. I wouldn’t want to say “I told you so” if you aren’t smart enough to add him to your roster this week.
Billy Horschel – $7,900 – The defending FedEx Cup champion, Billy Horschel, is a guy who is used to playing with the games biggest names and coming out on top. He’s put together a few good rounds lately and is just trying to string them all together. That could happen this week.
It’d be hard to call a win this week the biggest of his career after he won the Tour Championship and BMW Championship back-to-back to win the FedEx Cup last fall in the fashion he did, but that doesn’t mean Horschel wouldn’t love to collect yet another big trophy. I think he’s poised for a solid week at Firestone.
Troy Merritt – $7,800 – My final two picks are going to be filled up with recent winners. The first name, is the most recent winner — Troy Merritt.
Merritt is a super talented young guy who finally broke through for his first PGA Tour win last week at the Quicken Loans National. This week, he makes his first appearance at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and looks to keep the momentum rolling.
While there is the opportunity for a “deer in the headlights performance this week, I don’t expect Merritt to fall prey to the setting.
Danny Willett – $7,400 – Merritt is the most recent winner, but just two weeks ago, Danny Willett took home the title in Switzerland after a solid week at the Open Championship. This week, the young Englishman finds himself stateside playing against the top-50 in the world.
I think Willett can steal one this week if he can stay hot — if not a win, I certainly think a big week is in store and for $7,400, he’s a steal this week.
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