3 Stats To Win: 2017 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

The PGA Tour will tee it up this week at Firestone CC for the 19th edition of the WGC–Bridgestone Invitational, in what marks the beginning of the stretch run towards the playoffs.

 
With just three weeks remaining in the regular season, players this week in Ohio will be looking to gain some momentum as they head into the season’s final major at Quail Hollow, and after that, the FedEx Cup playoffs.

As the host course of the Bridgestone Invitational since its inception, Firestone CC has been consistently rated as one of the tougher stops on the PGA Tour. Let’s take a look at the three key statistics to success at this venerable Akron course.

1. Driving Accuracy

Fairways here are tree-lined and are quite undulating. Firestone is consistently ranked as one of the toughest on tour as far as hitting fairways are concerned. Looking back at the 2016 tournament, many will recall Jason Day essentially losing the tournament after he missed the fairway on 16, and again on his punch out.

Most Accurate Drivers This Week:

1. Kyle Stanley 68.8%
2. Zach Johnson 68.2%
3. Ryan Moore 67.0%
4. Martin Kaymer 66.3%
5. Jason Dufner 66.1%


2. Greens in Regulation

Although the greens at Firestone average 7,600 square-feet, they are quite narrow. Keeping approach shots on line will have its advantages. Firestone is annually ranked as one of the toughest courses on tour to hit greens in regulation.

Most Accurate To Greens This Week:

1. Kyle Stanley 71.8%
2. Jordan Spieth 70.6%
3. Dustin Johnson 70.5%
4. Sergio Garcia 69.9%
5. Hideki Matsuyama 69.6%


3. Par-5 Scoring Average

Thanks mostly to the “Monster” 16th, Firestone traditionally has the highest par-5 scoring average on tour. Tiger Woods always took advantage on these par 5s to gain ample shots on the field.

Top Par-5 Scorers This Week:

1. Hideki Matsuyama 4.49
2. Brooks Koepka 4.50
3. Rickie Fowler 4.52
4. Dustin Johnson 4.52
5. Phil Mickelson 4.54
5. Pat Perez 4.54


Saurav Ghosh contributed to this report.


Jeff Smith

Jeff is a writer and content producer for Pro Golf Weekly. He is working on a book, documenting the 2017 and 2018 seasons on the major golf tours.

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