Scott tops expert picks for WGC-Bridgestone

Adam Scott comes into the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational as a favorite and the World No. 1 in OWGR (shown here at the 2014 Open Championship).

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Jim Furyk earns multiple mentions as a contender at this week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, although he's not a favorite as World No. 1 Adam Scott and Jordan Spieth are. Check out the rest of our experts' picks!

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Jeff Rude, senior writer

Favorite: Adam Scott

Keep an eye on: Rory McIlroy

Don't forget about: Jim Furyk

Sleeper: Rickie Fowler

Comments: Scott won at Firestone in 2011 and is in terrific form. Last four: 1 at Colonial, T-4 Memorial, T-9 U.S. Open, T-5 Open Championship. … McIlroy riding high after winning Open, his second victory in his last six starts worldwide. Three top 10s in five starts at Firestone. … Furyk has three runner-up finishes in his last seven starts, including Sunday in Canada. Was fourth at Open Championship. … Fowler tied for second at the two major summer Opens. Also T-2 at Firestone three years ago.

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Adam Schupak, senior writer

Winner: Jordan Spieth

Keep an eye on: Sergio Garcia, Jim Furyk

Don't forget about: Tiger Woods, Jason Dufner

Sleepers: Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Stephen Gallacher

Comments: Spieth, who turned 21 on July 27, can celebrate his second Tour title legally if he wins this week. … Words I never thought I'd write: at least we don't have to worry about Tiger missing the cut – because there isn't one. Rusty since his return, Tiger has made a fortune at Firestone and it wouldn't surprise me if one of his personal playgrounds doesn't spark the Tiger of old. … Dufner is an Ohio native and has top-10 finishes here in both of his starts. … Garcia was going to be my pick until I looked at his record at Firestone. Still, he's in good form and due to hit paydirt. … Furyk is on fire and would love to make amends for last week as well as letting this title slip away in 2012. … "Gonzo" is coming off his best finish of the season, T-4, at the RBC Canadian Open. … Gallacher, who is battling for a Ryder Cup berth, has been floating under the radar for some time and can play with the big boys.

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Nick Masuda, director of digital

Winner: Tiger Woods

Keep an eye on: Adam Scott

Don't forget about: Jim Furyk

Sleeper: Rickie Fowler

Comments: Yes, really, Tiger Woods to win. I think most media types focused on all the negatives at Hoylake, but I also saw some positives. And he owns Bridgestone, where comfort will do him a lot of good. Call me crazy (my wife certainly does), but I can't pick against the guy this week. Next week? That'll be a different situation, but this week I think he moves closer to the playoffs. … Scott hasn't won in a few weeks, but he is a machine when it comes to finishing inside the top 15. Feels like a statement week for the Aussie, as Rory McIlroy is on his heels for World No. 1. … All right, Furyk is snakebitten. But I'll take a guy who finishes second a lot when it comes to fantasy sports. … Just call Fowler "Big-time Rickie." The kid shows up in the elite events: Match Play, the majors. This is another spotlight for him to shine under.

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The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational field according to the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings:

  • 1. Jim Furyk
  • 2. Adam Scott
  • 3. Sergio Garcia
  • 4. Steve Stricker
  • 5. Rory McIlroy
  • 6. Matt Kuchar
  • 7. Justin Rose
  • 8. Henrik Stenson
  • 9. Jordan Spieth
  • 10. Jason Day
  • 11. Bubba Watson
  • 12. Zach Johnson
  • 13. Bill Haas
  • 14. Hideki Matsuyama
  • 15. Graeme McDowell
  • 16. Webb Simpson
  • 17. Gary Woodland
  • 19. Phil Mickelson
  • 20. Brendon Todd
  • 21. Ryan Moore
  • 22. Tiger Woods
  • 23. Keegan Bradley
  • 24. Chris Kirk
  • 27. Jimmy Walker
  • 28. Kevin Na
  • 29. Victor Dubuisson
  • 30. Jason Dufner
  • 31. Charl Schwartzel
  • 32. Martin Kaymer
  • 33. John Senden
  • 34. Hunter Mahan
  • 35. Harris English
  • 36. Luke Donald
  • 37. Marc Leishman
  • 38. Graham DeLaet
  • 39. Ian Poulter
  • 41. Brendon de Jonge
  • 43. Francesco Molinari
  • 46. J.B. Holmes
  • 47. Thongchai Jaidee
  • 48. Matt Every
  • 51. Jamie Donaldson
  • 52. Rickie Fowler
  • 53. Joost Luiten
  • 54. Brandt Snedeker
  • 59. Thomas Bjorn
  • 60. Kevin Stadler
  • 66. Brian Harman
  • 70. Matt Jones
  • 73. Lee Westwood
  • 80. Kevin Streelman
  • 81. Stephen Gallacher
  • 83. Seung-Yul Noh
  • 89. Miguel A. Jimenez
  • 95. Patrick Reed
  • 112. Alexander Levy
  • 119. Gonzalo Fdez-Castano
  • 121. Louis Oosthuizen
  • 132. Ernie Els
  • 136. Ben Crane
  • 141. Angel Cabrera
  • 155. Mikko Ilonen
  • 157. Jonas Blixt
  • 189. David Howell
  • 191. Pablo Larrazabal
  • 232. Steven Bowditch
  • 239. Russell Henley
  • 240. Tim Clark
  • 250. Richard Sterne
  • 253. David Lynn
  • 296. Fabrizio Zanotti
  • 309. Scott Stallings
  • 310. Branden Grace
  • 485. Yoshitaka Takeya
  • 563. Daisuke Maruyama
  • N/R. Tano Goya
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