THE OVERVIEW

Firestone Country Club (South Course), Akron, Ohio - The elites are in Ohio this week and at Firestone Golf and Country Club for perhaps the last time after fifty some odd years (it will be heading to Memphis, Tennessee starting in 2019). Firestone is a bit of a beast and will play the same this week as in year's past as a long par 70 at  7,400 yards. The track features narrow fairways, a decent spattering of big, mature trees, and narrow fairways. However, the players in this field will still be able to score.

The story this week, of course, is Tiger Woods, who has won eight times at Firestone. It will be a tough call whether or not to fade the GOAT here this week as there will be a significant number of experts who make him one of their picks.

 

PAST WINNERS

2017  -16   Hideki Matsuyama  (Runner Up:   -11   Zach Johnson)

2016  -6   Dustin Johnson  (Runner Up:   -5   Scott Piercy)

2015  -11   Shane Lowry   (Runner Up:   -9   Bubba Watson)  

2014  -15   Rory McIlroy  (Runner Up:   -13   Sergio Garcia)

 

BETTING ODDS   (Bovada 7/31/2018)

Dustin Johnson: +700

Rory McIlroy: +900

Tiger Woods: +1200

Justin Rose: +1400

Jordan Spieth: +1600

Rickie Fowler: +1800

Jon Rahm: +2200

Brooks Koepka: +2500

Tommy Fleetwood: +2500

Francesco Molinari: +2500

Jason Day: +2500

Justin Thomas: +2500

Henrik Stenson: +3300

Hideki Matsuyama: +3300

Xander Schauffele: +3500

Bubba Watson: +3500

Alex Noren: +3500

Patrick Reed: +4000

Paul Casey: +4000

Zach Johnson: +4000

Tony Finau: +4500

Bryson Dechambeau: +4500

Patrick Cantlay: +4500

Marc Leishman: +5000

Kevin Chappell: +5000

Phil Mickelson: +5500

Matt Kuchar: +5500

Branden Grace: +5500

Sergio Garcia: +6000

Webb Simpson: +6000

Louis Oosthuizen: +6000

Adam Scott: +6000

Thorbjorn Olesen: +6600

Charley Hoffman: +7000

 

HOT PLAYERS

Dustin Johnson

Francesco Molinari

Justin Rose

Tommy Fleetwood

Zach Johnson

Xander Schauffele

Bryson DeChambeau

 

HORSES FOR THE COURSE

Kevin Chappell

Rory McIlroy

Hideki Matsuyama

Matt Kuchar

Zach Johnson

Adam Hadwin

 

LONGER SHOTS

Tyrrell Hatton: +8000

Ian Poulter: +8000

Daniel Berger: +8000

Russell Knox: +8000

Luke List: +8000

Kevin Kisner: +8000

Charl Schwartzel: +9000

Kyle Stanley: +10000

Kevin Na: +12500

Rafa Cabrera Bello: +12500

Matthew Fitzpatrick: +12500

Emiliano Grillo: +12500

Pat Perez: +12500

Gary Woodland: +12500

Brian Harman: +12500

Austin Cook: +15000

Cameron Smith: +15000

Brendan Steele: +15000

Hao Tong Li: +15000

Kiradech Aphibarnrat: +15000

Adam Hadwin: +15000

Si Woo Kim: +15000

Paul Dunne: +15000

Ross Fisher: +17500

Shubhankar Sharma: +20000

Brandon Stone: +20000

Alexander Bjork: +20000

Anirban Lahiri: +20000

Jhonattan Vegas: +20000

Aaron Wise: +20000

Andrew Landry: +30000

Ryuko Tokimatsu: +30000

Satoshi Kodaira: +30000

Patton Kizzire: +40000

Wade Ormsby: +40000

Kodai Ichihara: +40000

Jaco Ahlers: +40000

Ted Potter: +50000

 

FAITHFULS

Justin Rose

Francesco Molinari

Matt Kuchar

Jordan Spieth

Tommy Fleetwood

 

GOLF PICKS

THE 'FORE' SOMES

'FORE' SOMES are chosen by selecting one player from a "low tier" betting pool (30:1 or better), two players from a "mid tier" (30:1 - 75:1), and a final player from a "high tier" (75:1 & up).  

KEITH'S 'FORE' SOME 

Jason Day  (22:1).  Value play. Perhaps contrarian? We like to gamble. 

Byeong Hun An  (66:1)  &  Kevin Chappell  (75:1).  Such good value here. We like these plays a lot.  

Matthew Fitzpatrick  (125:1).  125 for Fitzy?!? Love this. 

 

**(differing odds come from Will Hill)

 

JOHN'S 'FORE' SOME 

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GAVIN'S 'FORE' SOME 

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