(Courtesy: The Sporting News)

What’s up, kids? Did I miss anything good last week? Whatever it was, I’m sure it wasn’t better than lounging on a tropical island paradise, clearing my crystal brain and drinking daiquiris. But I digress…

After a much needed week off, Golfstradamus is back and ready to correctly predict a winner. While 2017 has easily been the most frustrating season of old No. 1’s illustrious career, it hasn’t been a total loss — and there’s still plenty of golf left to play and money to be won.

The PGA Tour’s best stroll into Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio this week for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. In what is essentially and all-star game before the season’s final major, there are plenty of great choices this week.

With that said, you’re going to need a guide to help you weed out the real winners from the real losers! — And here I am, at your service!

So — without further adieu, here’s a look at your can’t-miss, moral locks for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational:

WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
Firestone Country Club (South) – Akron, Ohio
August 3 – 6, 2017

ODDS to Win:
Jordan Spieth 8/1
Rory McIlroy 9/1
Dustin Johnson 9/1
Rickie Fowler 15/1
Brooks Koepka 15/1
Hideki Matsuyama 20/1
Jon Rahm 20/1
Jason Day 25/1
Justin Rose 25/1
Henrik Stenson 25/1
Adam Scott 30/1
Sergio Garcia 25/1
Matt Kuchar 30/1
Paul Casey 30/1
Justin Thomas 40/1
Marc Leishman 40/1
Branden Grace 40/1
Daniel Berger 40/1
Tommy Fleetwood 40/1
Alex Noren 40/1
Phil Mickelson 50/1
Zach Johnson 50/1
Rafael Cabrera Bello 50/1
Thomas Pieters 50/1
Kevin Chappell 50/1
Charl Schwartzel 50/1
Louis Oosthuizen 60/1
Patrick Reed 60/1
Jason Dufner 50/1
Charley Hoffman 60/1
Gary Woodland 60/1
Bubba Watson 60/1
Xander Schauffele 80/1
Russell Henley 80/1
Kevin Kisner 80/1
J.B. Holmes 80/1
Lee Westwood 80/1
Francesco Molinari 60/1
Brian Harman 100/1
Bill Haas 100/1
Chris Wood 100/1
Matthew Fitzpatrick 125/1
Kyle Stanley 100/1
Ross Fisher 125/1
Andy Sullivan 125/1
Bernd Wiesberger 125/1
Jhonattan Vegas 125/1
Brendan Steele 80/1
Jimmy Walker 150/1
Ryan Moore 150/1
Bryson DeChambeau 150/1
Tyrrell Hatton 150/1
Si Woo Kim 150/1
Emiliano Grillo 150/1
Billy Horschel 150/1
Thorbjorn Olesen 150/1
Pat Perez 150/1
Wesley Bryan 150/1
Adam Hadwin 200/1
Russell Knox 200/1
Hideto Tanihara 200/1
Hudson Swafford 200/1
Danny Willett 250/1
Andres Romero 250/1
Renato Paratore 250/1
Harold Varner III 250/1
Scott Hend 250/1
Mackenzie Hughes 250/1
Fabrizio Zanotti 300/1
Thongchai Jaidee 300/1
Jeunghun Wang 300/1
Satoshi Kodaira 300/1
Sam Brazel 500/1
Paul Lawrie 500/1
Rod Pampling 500/1
Shaun Norris 500/1

Mortal Locks:

Jordan Spieth — This is a pretty obvious choice — In his last two starts, Spieth has collected two wins, including his third major championship and first Open Championship title. If Jordan Spieth were to win this week, he wouldn’t be the first to win three straight this season (Dustin Johnson) and it wouldn’t be a surprise. The only thing working against him is the strength of the field and the lack of a cut — but, let’s be real — that kind of stuff doesn’t bother Spieth. At 8/1, you’d have to be the farm to really make anything worth writing home about, but you’d still be right.

Brooks Koekpa — If anyone argues with you about picking Brooks Koepka this week, they’re one of two things: Stupid, or a liar. Stupid would be any person who believes Koepka will be over his head and out of contention this week and liar is anyone who tells you that but that you generally respect as a smart human being. Point it, Koepka has a win and a T-6 in his last two starts (both majors, by the way) and he knows how to get around Firestone Country Club. At 15/1, he’s probably the best bet here.

Henrik Stenson — If Henrik Stenson is healthy this week then he’s got a good chance to make some noise at Firestone. At a course where ball striking and accuracy is at a premium, Stenson and his monster 3-wood’s from the tee are a great fit for the tight quarters that lay ahead of the world’s best. At 25/1, he’s not the favorite, but he’s probably the most fair and equitable money line of the week.

Bang for Your Buck: 

Marc Leishman — While I know he’s a popular choice, it’s for good reason. Leishman is quietly having a great season. In his last two starts, Leishman has collected a T-6 and a T-5 at the Open Championship (that’s three of those in a row in that tournament, FYI) and is rolling. To say he’s coming in hot would be an understatement and at 40/1 this week, passing on him would be dumber than swimming with a toaster. Leishman isn’t a sure thing — but he’s damn-near it — and if you’re looking to make some scratch, this is the bet to make.

Charley Hoffman — Someone out there thinks it’s a good idea to give 60/1 money on Charley Hoffman this week. I think the odds that that guy looses his job on Monday morning are much higher than that. Seriously? Hoffman comes into Firestone on, well, fire. The guy has posted two top-3’s in his last four starts and made a run at the U.S. Open. With the PGA Championship looming and Hoffman already in the midst of a career year, I don’t know how anyone can ignore this line this week.

Fun Under $5:

Matthew Fitzpatrick (125/1) — Young Englishman has all the game to win on the biggest stages; expect a win on American soil in the near-ish future if it doesn’t happen this week.

Bryson DeChambeau (150/1) — Why not, right? He’s already proven he can win on Tour and while most will shy away from him as he makes his first loop around Firestone, I’m not so sure he won’t turn some heads this week for all the right reasons.

There you have it, friends and degenerate wagerers! Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got things to predict and pizza to eat — so until next time, go and choose wisely…


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