August 7 2013
Zach Johnson's driving accuracy puts him in good position this week. (Franklin/Getty Images)
By Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy Insider
One week ago, in response to many an email, I cited that one the advantages of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational is its timing. It gives gamers one of the best viewpoints for current form thanks to its no-cut format against the best in the game on the eve of a major.
I added that I had Jason Dufner in my crosshairs entering the PGA Championship. He shared fourth place at the U.S. Open, but hadn't really validated that form prior or since. So, the hope was that he'd emerge and shove his way into this week's conversation. Lo and behold, he tied for fourth at Firestone. Love it when that happens.
Other golfers that have rekindled form in the last couple of weeks include Jim Furyk (T9s at Glen Abbey and Firestone), Luke Donald (T9, Firestone) and Martin Kaymer (also T9 at Firestone). I'd be inclined to lean on Furyk at Oak Hill but I burned him on the Florida Swing. Dufner, Donald and Kaymer are available, but I'm going with a guy who's hotter than all four.
My pick is Zach Johnson. He's gone P2-T6-T4 in his last three starts and fits Oak Hill like a glove. The moderate length of the course won't favor bombers, nor will the lush rough. ZJ has carved out a career of keeping his ball in play -- he's currently 12th in fairways hit -- so his rock-solid form upon arrival clinches the decision. And looking ahead at the remainder of the schedule, there's no better site to plug him in.
Last week: Bill Haas (WGC-Bridgestone); T7; $205,000.00
Last week: Mark Wilson (Reno-Tahoe): T23; $28,800.00
Overall Record: 31-for-34
Top 5s: 7
Top 10s: 15
Top 25s: 23
Missed Cuts: 3