Expert picks: WGC-Bridgestone Invitational


The PGA Tour heads to Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio this week for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Each week, a panel of experts will offer up their picks from four groups of players, based on Golf Channel's fantasy game, Fantasy Challenge. We will also keep track of their scores and standings. The panel includes: senior writers Rex Hoggard, Randall Mell and Jason Sobel; contributors John Hawkins and Win McMurry; editorial director Jay Coffin; 'Morning Drive' host Gary Williams and staff writer Ryan Lavner. They are joined by former 'Saturday Night Live' star Norm Macdonald, who will serve as a celebrity guest.

Rex Hoggard

Group 1: Tiger Woods: Seven times the world No. 1 has proven to be the finest at Firestone and after disappointing finishes at the U.S. Open and Open Championship a good showing this week could give him a serious confidence boost heading into the PGA Championship.

Group 2: Luke Donald: The Englishman has finished inside the top 10 in his last two trips to Akron, and has a game that is perfectly suited for Firestone.

Group 3: Bill Haas: As well as he’s been putting the last few weeks, it would be hard to imagine that over four rounds (there is no cut at the Bridgestone) he wouldn’t make a serious move.

Group 4: David Lynn: Englishman returns to the United States for the first time since The Players and he needs a solid week to pad his FedEx Cup standings for the upcoming playoffs (he’s currently 56th on the points list).

Jason Sobel

Group 1: Tiger Woods: Horses for courses. Here’s guessing Tiger won’t have trouble adapting to the speed of Firestone’s greens this week.

Group 2: Dustin Johnson: If there’s one player who can easily forget a 71st hole triple-bogey and casually move on, it’s Johnson.

Group 3: Nicolas Colsaerts: Could be a very big two-week stretch for the Belgian, who has the length to tear up these courses.

Group 4: Paul Casey: Now back on the rise to relevance, a healthy Casey is the best of the bunch in Group 4.