Amateur hour

48 of the top 50 in the world golf rankings will head to Akron for the Bridgestone Invitational. The final WGC event of the '16-'17 season is held at longtime host Firestone Golf Club.

DJ does it

In his first start after his U.S. Open triumph, Dustin Johnson won at Firestone by one shot over Scott Piercy. Johnson used weekend rounds of 66-66 to vault past a talented leaderboard which included Jordan Spieth and Jason Day.

 

A Yawner

The longtime host Firestone has held some memorable championships. Unfortunately, it's been memorable for the great fields rather than its great holes. Since Tiger’s dominant run of eight wins in 15 years, the course has yielded superstar wins.

The Robert Trent Jones design is a series of long par fours and unimaginative routing. Holes consistently run in the same general direction and lack variety in their design. With that being said, it is a strong test of golf that requires good ball striking to succeed. If I could change one WGC event it would be to move away from Firestone to a more interesting course.

Storylines

Rory's new bagman
On Monday morning, Rory announced that he would be moving on from longtime caddie J.P. Fitzgerald. He will replace Fitzgerald in the short term with a longtime friend. Given McIlroy's major championship slump it's not a surprise to see a shake up.

Finding form
It will be Jordan Spieth's first start since his Open Championship triumph. The star will look to regain his top form and head into PGA Championship with momentum as he seeks the Career Grand Slam.

Outside of Spieth, a player to watch is Jason Day. Last year, Day held the 54-hole lead and was the undisputed top player in the world. He faltered late while DJ got hot and he hasn't won since. He is now 7th in the world rankings and has only two top 10's in 2017, one year after he notched three wins and seven other top 10 finishes in 20 starts.

Paulie's Picks

With all the stars out in Akron, Paulie has some sound advice on why he likes a few players. Check out his picks here.

Big week in Reno

The players who aren't at the Bridgestone are likely playing the Barracuda in Reno. The event utilizes the stableford scoring method and at elevation in the mountains. The players at the Barracuda are playing to improve their FedEx Cup ranking. With just three events remaining it's the final push to set themselves up for a deep playoff run, a spot in the top 125 or a spot in the top 200.

The Steph Show

NBA superstar Stephen Curry will play on a Sponsors Exemption at the Web.com Tour's Ellie Mae. Athletes have fared poorly on the professional golf circuit and expect more of the same from Curry. Given his golf swing and the situation, it would be a impressive if he broke 80. While its highly unlikely that he is competitive, fans and new viewers will flock to an event that would otherwise be ignored.

The Ellie Mae stands as one of the best stops on the Web Tour. The event is played at the David McLay Kidd designed TPC Stonebrae. Last year, Stephen Jaeger fired an opening round 58 and continued to smash records on his way to a seven shot victory. Despite his win, Jaeger fell short of earning his PGA Tour card in 2016. He comes back this week with two wins in 2017 and holding the number two spot on the money list.

The Masters of Amateur Golf

Through one round of the Western Am four share the lead at five under par. Collin Morikawa, Dawson Armstrong, Stephen Franken and Ruben Sanjaja each lit up Skokie C.C. to a tune of 66s. The foursome leads eight others at four under. Live scoring.

The Western Amateur has the strongest field of any amateur event of the year. With the Walker Cup selections looming, this year's field is particularly strong. Check out our full preview of the event with storylines and players to watch here.

Quick hooks

The LPGA gears up for the Women's Open Championship.

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