The Firestone Country Club in Akron Ohio is host to this week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and with the event returning to its regular time slot before the PGA Championship, a quality field is set to do battle.
In 2016 the event was moved earlier in the year to accommodate the Rio Olympics and that resulted in a weaker than usual field in terms of depth. There is plenty of quality on display this week though and the Open champion Jordan Spieth, world number 1 Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy top the betting boards.
The Firestone Country Club is a par 70 layout that is a tough test for the world’s best players. The fairways are accessible and it is important to find them in order to attack the pins. Greens in Regulation is an important pointer when looking for a winner and so good iron players should be on the short list and length off the tee is also an advantage given the relatively forgiving fairways.
2016 – Dustin Johnson -6
2015 – Shane Lowry -11
2014 – Rory McIlroy -15
2013 – Tiger Woods – 15
2012 – Keegan Bradley – 13
D. Johnson 10/1
25/1 and better the balance, prices correct at the time of posting but subject to change.
Jordan Spieth win only at 17/2
Spieth is the hottest player in the field having won the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale a fortnight ago and prior to that he won on the PGA Tour so he goes for a hatrick. His course form is progressive with his best showing coming last year with a top 3 finish.
Kevin Chappell each way at 60/1
Chappell bounced back to form last week with a top 10 finish and that together with a T3 on debut last year catches my eye.
Rafa Cabrera Bello each way at 60/1
His only appearance here was in 2012 when he finished inside the top 30 after a fast start. He won the Scottish Open and was T4 in the Open a week later and at the price he looks well worth a punt this week.
Branden Grace each way at 40/1
The South African shot an incredible 62 at the Open Championship and he eventually finished in 6th a week after a solid top 15 in Scotland. He has solid if not spectacular form here with a T10 last year his best finish yet.
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