Can you honestly say you were expecting Tiger Woods to sit out the WGC Bridgestone Invitational next week at Firestone? Well the headlines on every golf and sports website today seemed to lead with Tiger committing to the tournament. A lot of people acted surprised for some reason. Tiger rarely plays the week before a major, but next week is different. He always plays this tournament the week before the PGA Championship. And why not when you seem to own the course, right? Tiger is the defending champion at Bridgestone in a tournament he has won seven previous times on this course. I think I feel safe in saying he is probably the favorite to win his 8th, along with notching his first victory of 2010. No easy task when you have to take on a field comprised of people who have beat you all year long and seem to not be intimidated anymore.
The return of Anthony Kim is actually what I am more excited about. Kim has been out with a thumb injury since May and it’s good to see him back. The PGA Tour needs these young American stars to be healthy and playing 25+ tournaments per year. We all know Tiger and Phil are only going to play 18 or 20 events, if that, and if these young Americans keep getting hurt and missing three months, the tour will suffer.
Bridgestone will be a great tournament as always and we will see if Tiger can get that first victory of the year and perhaps carry some momentum into the PGA Championship.
But up this week, the Greenbrier Classic at the hidden gem known as Greenbrier Resort. The course is getting great reviews and I look forward to seeing the course on TV this weekend.