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With football season just around the corner, we set the weeks storylines with the help of some great gridiron coaches:
Down, set, hike me another trophy!
Its not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that makes the difference. ' Bear Bryant
Tiger Woods has made a good living in the rubber capital of the world.
In the land of B.F. Goodrich, Goodyear and Firestone, nobody bounces the competition better.
Woods will be looking to win for the seventh time at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, when he tees it up at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
Of course, it probably wouldnt matter where he played this week if it were a World Golf Championship event. You think his winning percentage in major championships is impressive? Check out his WGC record.
Woods has won 14 of the 49 major championships he has played as a professional.
Thats a nice little 28.6 winning percentage.
He has won 16 of the 30 WGC events he has played.
Thats a whopping 53 percent of the time.
Woods won eight of nine WGC events in one stretch, including five in a row.

Feels like a home-field advantage
Believe deep down in your hearts that youre destined to do great things. ' Joe Paterno
WGC events are almost always about Tiger almost all the time, so here we go with a listing of where Firestone ranks among PGA Tour stops where Woods has won the most as a pro:
  • Torrey Pines ' 7
  • Firestone Country Club ' 6
  • Bay Hill Club and Lodge ' 6
  • Augusta National ' 4
  • Cog Hill Golf & Country Club ' 4
  • Muirfield Village ' 4

    Second-half comeback
    Ive had smarter people around me all my life, but I havent run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they cant outwork you, then smarts arent going to do them much good. Thats just the way it is. And if you believe that and live by it, youd be surprised at how much fun you can have. ' Woody Hayes
    Vijay Singh says his knee is healed, and now his swings rounding back into form, which bodes well as he prepares to defend his title at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
    Singh, 46, hasnt won this season, which places him in a similar spot to a year ago. After making Bridgestone his first PGA Tour title last season, he went on to win the Barclays and the Deutsche Bank Championship in back-to-back starts and claim the FedEx Cup.
    Sing is looking to extend his streak of consecutive seasons with at least one PGA Tour title to eight.
    Guess who holds the longest ongoing streak? Of course, Sir Eldrick Woods, who has won in 14 consecutive seasons, every year since he turned pro in 96.

    Best player on the second unit
    Breaks balance out. The sun dont shine on the same ol dogs rear end every day. ' Darrell Royal
    Thirty-eight WGC events have been staged since they were initiated in 1999, including seven World Cups, which were dropped from the WGC umbrella after the 06 season.
    Whos the best player not named Tiger Woods in the WGCs short history?
    That would be Australias Geoff Ogilvy.
    Woods has his 16 WGC titles and Ogilvy has three (06 and 09 Accenture Match Plays and the '08 CA Championship).
    Northern Irelands Darren Clarke (00 Accenture Match Play and 03 Bridgestone) and South Africas Ernie Els (01 World Cup and 04 CA Championship) are the only other players to have won more than one.

    The women will scrimmage this week
    Any time you give a man something he doesnt earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect. ' Woody Hayes
    The LPGA has no event scheduled this week, but it feels like training camp is in session at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill., with the American Solheim Cup team practicing for the Aug. 21-23 matches.
    After unveiling her team Sunday at the end of the Ricoh Womens British Open in England, American Captain Beth Daniel gets a chance to experiment with pairings for alternate-shot and best-ball competitions.
    There will be pressure on Michelle Wie, whose selection as a captains pick drew much scrutiny, even though her record stood out as superior to other captains pick possibilities. Who will Wie be paired with? How about pairing the oldest and youngest players on the team? How about Wie, 19, teaming up with Juli Inkster, 49? It might not be the best fit for alternate shot because Wies so much longer than Inkster, but it would be an intriguing best-ball combo.
    Inkster, with 31 LPGA titles, has a lot to offer the winless Wie. As far as alternate shot goes, Brittany Lincicomes a long bomber like Wie. Or theres Paula Creamer, who hits more greens than anyone on tour. The Creamer/Wie duo would be an intimidating team with Creamer leading the LPGA in GIR and Wie leading it in putting.
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