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  • on 28.07.2014
  • at 12:14 PM
  • by KT

WGC Bridgestone Invitational – Trends

Tiger Woods has dominated the World Golf Championship over recent years, winning 8 of the last 15 events at Firestone.

The former World number 1 is 20/1 to roll back the years and win this week but you’d be wise to look elsewhere given his recent troubles.

At around 7,400 yards, the South Course at Firestone is the PGA Tour’s longest longest par 70. That said it is ranked only the 11th most difficult.

There have been four different winners in the last five years, but if you are looking for some more insightful trends, you have come to the right place…

Total driving distance
Distance off the tee is key but a reasonable degree of accuracy is also needed. Each of the last five winners ranked inside the top-20 for this metric.

GIR
Each of the last five winners ranked inside the top-60 on tour for GIRs.

Adjusted scoring average
The cream often rises to the top at Firestone so might be best to stick with the big names. In addition to Woods, Keegan Bradley, Adam Scott and Hunter Mahan have have all won this event, and all ranked inside the top-60 for ASA.

Driving distance
At 7,400 yards Firestone is a long par-70. Length off the tee allows players to attack greens with more lofted clubs – a great tool when playing on lightening fast greens such as these.

Overall ranking
A composition of driving, putting and GIR statistics that highlights the best golfers on tour (a no brainer you might think!). Each of the last five winners ranked inside the top-60 for this metric so a good all-round golfer should be on your list.

Check out our main pick for the WGC Bridgestone Invitational here.

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