WGC Bridgestone Invitational 2018: Key stats for this week's event at Firestone

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Andy Swales provides course and current form stats ahead of this week's WGC Bridgestone Invitational...

"Rickie Fowler should be free to express himself again, following a disappointing weekend at The Open which ruined his chances of a first major title."

The sport's elite are off to Ohio for the third World Golf Championship event of 2018 at Firestone Country Club.

The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational is once again the final tournament ahead of the fourth and concluding major championship of the season, which takes place in Missouri next week.

However, after more than 60 years of hosting top level tournament golf, the curtain comes down on Firestone as a PGA Tour venue.

In 2019, when the PGA Championship moves from August to May, there will be a new sponsor for this WGC-event which is to be played at TPC Southwind in Tennessee.

From next year, Firestone will become part of the Champions Tour, hosting the Senior Players Championship, so tournament officials will want to go out on a high this weekend.

Firestone's South Course is around 40 miles south of Cleveland, and approximately 110 north-west of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania.

Opened in August 1929, and redesigned by Robert Trent Jones 31 years later, Firestone is a traditional parkland course with tree-lined fairways and few undulations.

There is little significant water to worry about, while its fast Bentgrass putting surfaces are some of the largest on Tour.

The South Course has staged the PGA Championship three times, most recently in 1975, and over the decades has earned a reputation for being a layout with a sizeable collection of long par fours, while the 16th hole is a par-five of more than 660 yards.

Stars in Abundance

World No 1 Dustin Johnson arrives in this northern state on the back of his third PGA Tour win of the season.

DJ is a former winner of this event and is more than likely to contend again this weekend.

Rory McIlroy is another ex-Firestone champion chasing his second success of 2018, in what has become a fairly frustrating year for the 29-year-old who has had four other podium finishes since the start of January.

Man of the moment Francesco Molinari will be keen to maintain his superb run of form.

The 35-year-old has won three of his last six tournaments, which have also yielded a brace of second placed finishes.

However, The Open winner from Carnoustie is yet to post a top-10 in Ohio from seven previous trips.

Rickie Fowler should be free to express himself again, following a disappointing weekend at The Open which ruined his chances of a first major title.

The American was second here as long ago as 2011, since when there have been four other top 10s.

This week is not a major, so Fowler has nothing to prove and can play with freedom over the South Course.

Back In The Big Time!

No one has a better South Course record than Tiger Woods, who showed in Scotland recently that he is ready to win again - and big.

Woods, 42, has won this event eight times, and it would be a fitting finale for Firestone if the 14-time major champion was in contention again this Sunday.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut


Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W30 W29 W28 W27 W26 W25 W24 W23 W22 W21 W20 W19
Dustin Johnson 1 MC 3 1 8 17
Justin Rose 2 9 10 6 1 23
Justin Thomas MC 8 56 25 8 11
Brooks Koepka MC 39 19 1 30 2 11
Jon Rahm MC 4 5 MC 5 63
Francesco Molinari 1 2 1 25 2 1 MC
Rory McIlroy 2 28 12 MC 8 2 MC
Jordan Spieth 9 42 MC MC 32 21 41
Rickie Fowler 28 6 12 20 8 14 MC
Jason Day 17 12 MC 44 5
Tommy Fleetwood 6 12 MC 59 2 23 20 7
Alexander Noren 17 1 25 23 3 17
Patrick Reed 9 28 23 MC 4 29 41
Bubba Watson MC MC 13 1 MC 44 57
Paul Casey 7 51 2 16 20
Hideki Matsuyama MC MC 16 13 16 MC
Henrik Stenson 35 6 26 13 23
Xander Schauffele 2 21 MC 6 MC MC 2
Marc Leishman 60 13 MC 45 62 2 63
Sergio Garcia MC MC 8 12 MC MC 70
Webb Simpson 12 47 MC 10 MC 1
Phil Mickelson 24 MC 65 48 12 13 MC
Bryson DeChambeau 13 51 Wd 9 25 1 42 37
Tyrrell Hatton 51 9 16 6 MC MC MC
Kevin Kisner MC 2 55 MC MC* 52 MC
Matt Kuchar MC 9 MC MC 13 32 MC 17
Patrick Cantlay 12 15 45 4 MC 23
Tony Finau 37 9 21 5 MC 13 57
Rafa Cabrera-Bello 74 MC MC MC 36 4 8 17
Brian Harman MC 56 6 36 14 MC
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 75 42 MC 48 15 MC 13 5 30
Ian Poulter 12 MC 30 21 25 8 20 11
Louis Oosthuizen 28 16 13 5 MC
Charley Hoffman 29 17 19 15 20 MC 52 MC
Branden Grace MC 25 52 5 3 46
Pat Perez MC 17 MC 36 70 42 MC
Kyle Stanley 39 MC 32 15 MC 2 MC
Satoshi Kodaira 35 MC MC MC MC 20 MC MC
Matthew Fitzpatrick MC 14 MC 27 12 30 8 46
Daniel Berger MC 67 6 MC 57
Kevin Na 51 1 64 5 MC 4 6 46
Hao Tong Li 39 23 MC 21 16 19 43 MC
Gary Woodland 22 67 53 36 23 MC
Ross Fisher 39 MC MC 48 MC 8 71
Luke List 39 3 MC MC 56 37 MC
Cameron Smith 78 42 MC MC MC MC
Kevin Chappell 6 MC 30 65 MC MC MC
Charl Schwartzel 9 MC MC 72 MC 2
Zach Johnson 17 16 19 12 40 MC MC*
Tiger Woods 6 4 MC 23 11
Si Woo Kim 29 67 MC MC 26 MC 29 66 63
Russell Knox MC 49 1 2 38 12 44 20 16 MC
Adam Hadwin MC 35 48 42 MC MC* 52 57
Thorbjorn Olesen 12 6 MC 2 MC 1 60 MC
Brendan Steele 47 MC 63 MC*
Emiliano Grillo MC 19 MC 23 3 37
Byeong-Hun An 2 51 41 67 MC 2 15 30
Alexander Bjork MC 19 14 8 33 MC 27
Adam Scott 17 MC 35 52 9 11
Paul Dunne 67 MC 40 21 30 MC
Andrew Landry MC 55 8 MC 65 MC 67
Patton Kizzire MC 30 MC MC MC* 64 MC
Aaron Wise MC MC MC MC MC 1
Jhonattan Vegas 29 MC MC 41 40 73 41
Shubhankar Sharma 51 MC MC 27 MC MC 20
Ted Potter MC 23 MC MC 57 42 41
Austin Cook 28 34 5 MC 6 MC MC 46
Anirban Lahiri MC 39 13 9 37 58 26 MC
Brandon Stone 61 1 69 MC MC 65 60 MC
Ryuko Tokimatsu MC MC 7 2 27 1 29
Wade Ormsby MC 49 12 16 30 71 MC
Jaco Ahlers 21 3 15
Kodai Ichihara MC MC 15 1 MC 10 MC
Player 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
Dustin Johnson 17 1 53 33 19 48 15 22
Justin Rose 63 46 3 4 17 5 33 19 29 27
Justin Thomas 28 33
Brooks Koepka 17 Wd 6
Jon Rahm 28
Francesco Molinari 24 61 31 44 40 15 39
Rory McIlroy 5 1 27 5 6 9 68
Jordan Spieth 13 3 10 49
Rickie Fowler 9 10 10 8 21 60 2 33
Jason Day 24 3 12 Wd 53 29 4 22
Tommy Fleetwood 28
Alexander Noren 28 53 53
Patrick Reed 36 52 15 4
Bubba Watson 17 14 2 37 27 19 21 22
Paul Casey 5 16 17 27 45 22 Wd 8
Hideki Matsuyama 1 42 37 12 21
Henrik Stenson 17 6 19 2 80 29 16
Xander Schauffele 13
Marc Leishman 41 55 33 3 45
Sergio Garcia 39 37 2 40 29 53 22 22 36
Webb Simpson 25 31 14
Phil Mickelson 39 27 63 15 21 43 48 46 58 4
Bryson DeChambeau 60
Tyrrell Hatton 36
Kevin Kisner 28 16 37
Matt Kuchar 17 3 25 12 27 8 19 9
Patrick Cantlay
Tony Finau
Rafa Cabrera-Bello 72 29
Brian Harman 50 65
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 53 40
Ian Poulter 17 52 19 29 68 65 15 16
Louis Oosthuizen 50 21 42 61 4 37 9
Charley Hoffman 3 33 31 37
Branden Grace 28 10 17 23 65 36
Pat Perez 69 22
Kyle Stanley 41 16
Satoshi Kodaira 47 65
Matthew Fitzpatrick 50
Daniel Berger 17 Wd
Kevin Na 27 15 23 63
Hao Tong Li
Gary Woodland 63 57 19 45
Ross Fisher 44 46 43 56
Luke List
Cameron Smith
Kevin Chappell 13 3
Charl Schwartzel 24 7 31 4 21 24 53 58
Zach Johnson 2 10 33 23 4 40 6 33 15 16
Tiger Woods Wd 1 8 37 78 1
Si Woo Kim 50
Russell Knox 5 54
Adam Hadwin 5
Thorbjorn Olesen 10 48
Brendan Steele 24 48
Emiliano Grillo 50 14
Byeong-Hun An 49 57
Alexander Bjork
Adam Scott 13 10 45 8 14 45 1 9 51 56
Paul Dunne
Andrew Landry
Patton Kizzire
Aaron Wise
Jhonattan Vegas 17 66
Shubhankar Sharma
Ted Potter 73
Austin Cook
Anirban Lahiri 33 53
Brandon Stone
Ryuko Tokimatsu
Wade Ormsby
Jaco Ahlers
Kodai Ichihara
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