The Bridgestone Invitational This Way Cometh…


Randomly flipping through television channels, one by one as a custom, not a choice, for my remote hardly works, I stopped upon noticing a familiar tune, one from Sheryl Crow.

VH1 Classic was playing what they called the “Songs of Summer”, and the particular song from Miss Crow they chose to feature was “All I Wanna Do”, so I casually watched the video that I’d seen several times as I waited for The Daily Show to come on.

It might not be the ideal summer song from said artist—for I’ll play that one later—yet it can serve as I kind of mantra for the warmest part of the year, so for that one cannot fault them too much, but the real thing that it did was get me thinking about the PGA event beginning in Akron, Ohio, this fine day.

“All I wanna do is have a little fun before I die.”—Sheryl Crow

What could be more fun than being invited to Akron for four days of golf at the Firestone South Course?

It’s cool that this little tourney is an invitational, isn’t it? It gives the golfers a sense of pride for being invited, and the viewers get a sense of security by knowing that these are a select few—so for everyone involved, producers of the content as well as the content consumers, this whole get-together is a win-win.

“All I wanna do is have some fun—I got a feeling I’m not the only one.”—more Crow

The Bridgestone Invitational has a ton to offer, but to really get the picture on what’s about to happen, remember this: Past is Prologue.

Adam Scott took this thing last year, Hunter Mahan the year before that—both big-name players—and Tigers Woods won this tournament for his seventh time the year prior to Mahan’s victory. In fact, 2009 was the only time Tiger emerged victorious when it wasn’t part of a three-peat.

Woods won Bridgestone 1999-2001 and 2005-07. Furthermore, he’s won this event more times than he hasn’t, because he’s entered it twelve times. That’s a 58% winning percentage. Wow.

“I like a good beer buzz early in the morning.”—more of the same

This is the only thing to which I can relate the very idea of Tiger taking home this tourney for an unbelievable eighth time, but he’s not even my pick.

To put this upcoming predicting in horse-racing terms would probably be the easiest: I’ll take Matt Kuchar to win, Tiger to place and Fredrick Jacobson to show.

Kuchar, the winner of this year’s Players Championship, has been playing well enough to win another one for weeks now, so I love him in this spot. Kuchar won’t beat himself up, nor will he take himself out of it mentally after mistakes; therefore, I see a solid showing coming from him, heading down the back nine on Sunday to seal the deal.

Tiger just has to be on the card, because…Why not? And history does repeat itself; I don’t see it, but he’s got to be in any and every discussion of this tournament herein.

And the Swede? Call it a feeling. Or maybe I have a crystal ball? You don’t know my methods, for they could be that simple. Or juvenile…

“I got a feeling the party has just begun.”—you know from whence it came

Now that other song I promised…


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