The one thing the fans will notice this week: the weather is lining up to be perfectly rare for late July/early August in Ohio.
It's currently in the high 60s at the course, at least 20 degrees cooler than in year's past. And the high temperatures for the rest of the week and weekend aren't expected to reach past the high 70s. There is a chance of rain on Thursday, but even that is less than 50 percent, according to multiple weather reports.
What it means is that walking the golf course is entirely more comfortable. The hills might not even seem quite as steep.
Three players who qualified for the tournament will not play: Louis Oosthuizen, Jordan Spieth and Peter Senior. Oosthuizen is now the only player in the top-50 of the Official World Golf Ranking who won't be in the field. Spieth is the 19-year-old who a few weeks ago won the John Deere Classic, becoming the youngest player to win on Tour in 82 years.
Hunter Mahan, who won the Bridgestone Invitational in 2010, has yet to give the PGA Tour word on whether he'll play this weekend. Mahan and his wife celebrated the birth of this first child this past weekend.