Last week produced one of the more improbable PGA Tour wins this year. Troy Merritt had missed five consecutive cuts before winning the Quicken Loans National by three strokes over Rickie Fowler. Merritt didn’t do anything special early in the week but shot 61-67 on the weekend to secure a well deserved victory. The field this week is a completely different animal though…not surprising for a WGC event that has no cut and a total purse over $9 million (the winner takes home over $1.5 million). The event is once again being held at the Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. The course will play around 7,400 yards and is only a par 70. There are only two par 5s, the first of which is easily reachable and the second is 650+ yards. Past winners (McIlroy, Woods, Bradley, Scott, Mahan, etc.) have a ton of class. Strokes gained tee to green and proximity from 150+ yards are going to be huge this week.

Below are my fantasy golf power rankings for this week. Feel free to throw me any feedback you have. Good luck this week.

2015 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational Fantasy Power Rankings

  • 1) Jordan Spieth – no explanation necessary. He doesn’t have a great history at Firestone with only a 49th place finish last year, but course history means little for Spieth. Play him if you got him.
  • 2) Rickie Fowler –Last three outings have had finishes of 1-30-2. Top 10 in this event last year. Won The Players Championship so there’s no reason to think he can’t emerge from a field like this again.
  • 3) Justin Rose – good course record and has turned it on over the last month or so. Always reliable. Seems to be enjoying his new putter.
  • 4) Jason Day – playing great lately and finally got rewarded with a win at the RBC. Got some much needed rest and should pick up right where he left off.
  • 5) Adam Scott – won here previously and trending upward. Scott finished 4th at the US Open and 10th at the British Open. Steve Williams got back on the bag and suddenly Scott is contending again. As usual if he putts well you can expect him to be on the first page of the leaderboard on Sunday.
  • 6) Hideki Matsuyama – this guy is a top 25 machine. He’s played in 18 events this year and he has one missed cut and 15 top 25s. 12th place finish in this event last year, 21st in 2013.
  • 7) Zach Johnson – finished 4th here in 2013 and 23rd last year. He’s on fire right now with four top six finishes in his last five events.
  • 8) Dustin Johnson – hard to figure out what happened to DJ over at St. Andrews. He dominated on Thursday/Friday and then had one of the worst weekend performances in the entire field. He’s been playing great all year though so you have to think he will bounce back.
  • 9) Sergio Garcia – another guy who tends to turn it on, and come up just short, whenever the stage is brightest. Sergio finished 2nd here last year and is in good form with a 6th at the Open Championship.
  • 10) Jim Furyk – 15th here last year and 9th in 2013. Incredibly consistent and had a 4th place finish in his last outing (RBC Canadian). The course is pretty long (7,400 yard par 70), which doesn’t help Furyk much.
  • 11) Keegan Bradley – missed the cut his last time out but his track record at Firestone is impossible to ignore…4th in 2014, 2nd in 2013 and 1st in 2012. He’s been inconsistent this year but obviously loves this course.
  • 12) Brandt Snedeker – added an 12th player because I think Sneds has to be included somehow. I am going to blame his MC at the Open on playing with Tom Watson the first two days and finishing Friday’s round in complete darkness. Prior to that event Snedeker had rattled off four consecutive top 10s. Has a decent history here with a 12th place finish last year.

Jay Armour is a Chicago area small business owner who loves to play, watch and talk about golf. He follows the sport religiously and plays it poorly. He thinks fantasy golf is giving him ulcers and is an unapologetic Tiger Woods fan.