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On The Range Blog - August 1

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On The Range Talent
Host: Gary Williams (Golf Channel)
Analyst: Brandel Chamblee (Golf Channel Analyst)
Analyst: Bill Harmon (Instructor & Caddie for Jay & Bill Haas)

This Week’s Event
WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
Firestone CC - Akron, OH
Defending Champion: Adam Scott

Featured Players
Adam Scott
-2011 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational winner
-3rd in Scoring Average on 2012 PGA TOUR
-8 career PGA TOUR wins
-6th in Official World Golf Ranking
-Caddie: Steve Williams
-Swing Coach: Brad Malone

Stats & Trends
Firestone Country Club
Par 70 - 7,400 yards

-Driving: Distance is more important than accuracy off the tee. Since 2000, no winner of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational has finished Top 10 in Driving Accuracy for the week. Meanwhile, 9 of the 13 champions have finished Top 6 in Driving Distance.

-Approach: The last 7 winner of the event have finished Top 10 in GIR and Ball Striking. In fact, every champion in the 13 year history of the event except 2003 Clarke & 2004 Cink have finished Top 10 in GIR and Ball Striking.

-Around the Green: 11 of the past 12 winners, including the last 5 champions, have finished Top 8 in Scrambling for the week. The past 4 winners have finished Top 8 in Sand Saves, including last year’s winner Scott who tied for first.

-Par 5s: 11 of the 13 winners of the event, including the past 5, have finished Top 8 in Par 5 Scoring. Last year’s winner Scott finished tied for first.

-Tiger Woods: Woods is a 7-time winner of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. With a win this week, he would tie Sam Snead’s 8 Wyndham Championship titles for Most PGA TOUR Wins in a Single Event. He would also set the record for Most PGA TOUR Wins at a Single Course, a record he shares with himself with 7 titles at Firestone CC, Torrey Pines South Course and Bay Hill.

Top 5: Major Collapses
Adam Scott recently lost a 4 stroke lead with 4 holes to play at the Open Championship. Where does it rank among the biggest disappointments in Major Championship history? Here's how our viewer voting stacks up against our experts when ranking the Top 5 Major Collapses:

Gary Williams
1.) 1999 Open Championship (Jean Van De Velde)
2.) 2006 U.S. Open (Phil Mickelson)
3.) 1947 U.S. Open (Sam Snead)
4.) 1966 Masters (Arnold Palmer)
5.) 2011 PGA Championship (Jason Dufner)

Brandel Chamblee
1.) 1999 Open Championship (Jean Van De Velde)
2.) 1966 Masters (Arnold Palmer)
3.) 1970 Open Championship (Doug Sanders)
4.) 2012 Kraft Nabisco (I.K. Kim)
5.) 1989 Masters (Scott Hoch)

Bill Harmon
1.) 1999 Open Championship (Jean Van De Velde)
2.) 1966 Masters (Arnold Palmer)
3.) 1979 Masters (Ed Sneed)
4.) 2006 U.S. Open (Phil Mickelson)
5.) 2012 Open Championship (Adam Scott)

Viewer Results
1.) 1999 Open Championship (Jean Van De Velde)
2.) 1996 Masters (Greg Norman)
3.) 2012 Kraft Nabisco (I.K. Kim)
4.) 2011 Masters (Rory McIlroy)
5.) 2006 U.S. Open (Phil Mickelson)

Next Show - August 15
Wyndham Championship
Wednesday 8PM ET