A WGC Bridgestone Invitational without Tiger is like a Christmas without Santa. It just doesn’t seem right. But we’ll make do with a stellar field right before a major. Buckle up for the WGC Bridgestone Invite.
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The week, we’re playing the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, which is cool since Bridgestone bought Firestone (the tire company) back in 1988!
Now in the golfing circle, Bridgestone makes kind of ok golf balls, and pays some guys like Brandt Snedeker, Matt Kuchar and Fred Couples some money to go on tv and talk about how they’re a golf company.
Well I’m sitting here thinking, how does a company that makes tires get into the golf bidness? So I’ll do a little investigating and get back to you. In the meantime, enjoy this not at all cheesy commercial brought to you by Bridgestone.
Hope you enjoyed that, and I’m back with the lowdown on the history of Bridgestone. Here’s a quick synopsis for you all, cause I care so much.
So Bridgestone was started in 1931 by Shojiro Ishibashi, who’s last name of “Ishibashi”, means “stone bridge”. A simple flip of the two words and you’re left with Bridgestone! Now Bridgestone’s primary business is making tires. Tires for cars, motorcycles, bikes, and airplanes, where it is the #1 manufacturer in the world. But along with just making tires, they’ve always led with innovation and being able to stay ahead of competitors with research, something that Japanese companies tend to do, and probably allowed them to stay on top for 80 some years now.
Being a WGC event, the field is going to be good this week, which means prices for good players are going to seem low. Don’t be fooled though, still gotta know who’s going to play well.
Really tough salaries this week. Instead of finding the normal mispricings and “guys you haven’t heard of but are playing well” like usual, we don’t have that this week. All the players in the field are good, and the pricing seems rock solid. That being said, we can still go off history and how they guys are playing currently.
Jimmy Walker ($8,300) — Seems a little under valued down here, granted, this is the end of the season, and Jimmy Walker isn’t as sharp at the end of the year as the beginning. But still think that price is a little low.
Ian Poulter ($7,400) — Again, solid and well known, and with a low price. That’s what I’m looking for this week.
Bill Haas ($7,800) — I’ll ignore the little hiccup at the end of last week’s tournament. Haas bounces back in effort to make President’s Cup.
Dustin Johnson ($10,800) — If DJ is going to play in a tournament, he’s going to want to play well.
Danny Lee ($7,700) — Playing well recently with a T4 last week. Good value for someone who wants to win all the time.
Martin Kaymer ($8,000) — Good ball striker, and I’m guessing he’s going to be focused with the PGA coming up at a course he won at before. He’s not going to want to have a bad week going into that.
Once again, going with my gut. No cut means you’ll need at least a couple top 10’s to do anything in your leagues.
Henrik Stenson ($9,900) — I think that, even with his pretty high price, Stenson is being overlooked this week in favor of Day and Spieth among others.
Sergio Garcia ($9,700) — Another guy who I think is being overlooked. His recent results have me intrigued.
Kevin Kisner ($7,700) — Enough is enough. I have to pick him because I’ve passes so often to my eternal grief.
Francesco Molinari ($7,700) — I like his consistency, but he’s probably first off the squad if I notice a better option.
Hunter Mahan ($7,500) — Look, I don’t know why, but I like him this week. Hasn’t had a great last couple years, but he’s too good to be down for too long.
Jamie Donaldson ($7,400) — Eternally underpriced and I have a weakness for picking Welshmen.