Fantasy Island WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

By Rex HoggardAugust 4, 2009, 4:00 pm
In nine starts at Firestone C.C., Tiger Woods has six victories, $7.9 million in total earnings and just five of 36 rounds over par. Simply put, the world No. 1 is as close to a lock as one finds in golf, horse racing or presidential campaigns.
Of course, we dubbed Woods easy money earlier this year heading into the U.S. Open at Bethpage and ask Lucas Glover how that one turned out. Just for fun, well offer a few alternatives.
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Pick a Foursome: Check the record books, the last five winners at Firestones South Course have a single theme connecting them ' greens in regulation.
Vijay Singh, last years champion, is the only winner from the last five to finish inside the top 20 in fairways hit and Stewart Cink, the 2004 winner, is the only champion to finish better than 29th in putting. The last five winners, however, all ranked among the top 15 in greens in regulation, so make your picks accordingly.
Picks:Tiger Woods, Sean OHair, Zach Johnson, David Toms
Note: One player from four categories based on the World Golf Ranking (1-10, A; 11-20, B; 21-30, C; 31-40, D). Points awarded on money earned ($1 = 1 point).

Salary Cap: Limited-field soirees like the Bridgestone equal big dollars for salary cap types. Woods is worth the price and Tim Clark finished tied for sixth at Firestone in 2007 and was an early leader last year.
Danny Lee and hard-swinging Spanish phenom Alvaro Quiros may be stars on the rise, but they can still be had at the rookie maximum ($250,000) and could stun the status quo with solid weeks in Ohio.
Picks: Tiger Woods, Tim Clark, Retief Goosen, Danny Lee, Alvaro Quiros (Total: $9.423 million)
Note: Five players with a $10 million cap based on 2008 earnings. Rookies without 2008 earnings will be priced at $250,000. Standings based on overall team earnings.

Pick One: Vijay Singh. The season is inching its way toward the Fijians favorite time of year and his 08 victory was hardly a fluke. In nine WGC-Bridgestone starts hes finished outside the top 15 just three times and he proved last year that you can putt like Julia Roberts, not Loren Roberts, and still win at Firestone.
Note: Players must be picked before the start of the season and used only once. Standings based on total earnings.
In addition to my PGA Tour Pick One, the staff will be offering up their picks to win. A player can be picked a maximum of five times. We will be keeping a running tally of the monies earned each week. The participants include: Jay Coffin, Editorial Director; Mercer Baggs, Editorial Manager; Brian Koressel, Senior Producer; Dena Davis, Assistant Editor; Erik Peterson, Travel Editor; Jerry Foltz, special contributor.

NamePlayer PickReasonMoney
Rex HoggardTiger WoodsLet's face it, if we cant catch Foltz soon we may want to consider early retirement.$2,937,051
Jay CoffinTiger WoodsIts obvious and its just too easy to pass. If he doesnt win, hell be in the top-three. Right? $5,017,202
Mercer BaggsTiger WoodsDo I really need a reason?$5,687,689
Erik PetersonTiger WoodsOne more chance to pick Tiger. WGC or PGA? PGA or WGC? Ill say WGC, because hes a reality-defying 6/9. At the PGA hes a measly 4/11. Either way, hes silly-good. $4,742,225
Brian KoresselTiger WoodsSeems to have turned Firestone CC into his own personal playground.$4,884,838
Dena DavisTiger WoodsI tried. I really tried to rationalize taking someone else this week. But then I came to my senses.$4,465,150
Jerry FoltzCamilo Villegas I really want to give Tiger a chance to win and based on my past experience this year, he only does that when I don't pick him. Also, I like Camilo on this ball-strikers course.$4,659,757


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    By Will GrayDecember 12, 2017, 11:30 pm

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    Hensby explained that he subsequently received multiple calls and texts from PGA Tour officials inquiring as to why he left without providing a sample and requesting that he return to the course.

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    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

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    Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

    “I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

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    This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

    The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

    Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

    The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.

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    The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.

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