The Bridgestone Invitational is the third of four World Golf Championship events, a 76 strong field will line up on Thursday to attempt to take the title home come Sunday evening, there will be no cut in this weeks event so all 76 players will play four rounds of golf.
This event was formally known as the World Series of Golf until 1999, when the event became part of the WGC platform.
Firestone was originally designed by Bert Wray in 1928, Robert Trent Jones completely remodelled the South Course at Firestone in 1960, before Jack Nicklaus did some work on the course in 1986. Firestone is very long for a par 70 at 7,400 yards and with seven par fours measuring at least 464 yards, unsurprisingly, it's the longest par 70 encountered on the PGA Tour. The signature hole is the 667 yard par 5 16th, which is the longest hole played in any non-major and last year it averaged over par for the third time in five years.
The fairways are fairly generous and straight, with very few dog-legs, but it's very important to find them in order to attack the fast greens.
Bridgestone Invitational Betting Tips
Jimmy Walker EW – bet here at 50/1 with Ladbrokes.
Jimmy is my headline golf betting tip this week in Akron, Ohio – his performances this campaign have been fantastic and I see him having another good tournament here at Firestone. He has played in 21 events so far this campaign with an astonishing three wins which started a purple patch for the Oklahoma native between October 2013 and February 2014. The American is currently 1st in the FedEx Cup race and he has shown no signs of giving his position up with only a few more tournaments left on the regular season before the Playoff series starts. The stats on past winners here look encouraging for Walker as usually the long hitters off the tee have an advantage and Jimmy is amongst the top 20 for length off the tee, it is also noted that good putters go well here due to the fast greens and Jimmy is 6th best on Tour for putting.
Adam Scott – bet here at 12/1 with Betfred.
Adam Scott has been in wonderful form this campaign and I see this form continuing this week in Akron. Scott's recent good play has given him the accolade of being the Number 1 golfer in the world of which I am sure the likable Aussie will not give up without a fight. Adam has played in 11 events on the PGA Tour and has made every cut, in fact Scott has made the cut on his last 37 consecutive starts which shows how impressive his play has been. Within those 11 events he has made the top 25 on ten occasions – the tournament that he finished outside the top 25 was the Players Championship at Sawgrass where he finished in 38th after an uncharacteristic first round of 77. Scott also has one victory to his name in America which was at the Crowne Plaza Invitiational where he beat Jason Dufner in a playoff.
Jordan Spieth EW – bet here at 33/1 with Sky Bet.
When Jordan Spieth – only 19 years old at the time – won the John Deere Classic in 2013, he became the first teenager in 82 years to win on the PGA Tour, this statement alone shows how talented the boy from Dallas, Texas really is. He has played some very consistent golf this campaign without getting the elusive victory, but I am positive his second tour victory is just around the corner. Jordan has played in 21 events so far this campaign amassing 16 top 25 finishes which shows he has not had many poor weeks. His best performance this year was at Augusta where he finished in a runners up spot in the first Major of the season when was eventually beaten by crowd favourite Bubba Watson who claimed his second green jacket. Jordan is not a long hitter but I feel his play around the greens will be key this week and I have big hopes for the American in this tournament.
Zach Johnson 40/1 EW – bet here at 50/1 with Bet365.
Zach is my last selection this week after Dustin Johnson withdrew due to personal reasons. The man from Iowa is another player like Jordan Spieth who doesn't really fit the bill in terms of being long off the tee but he is one of the most accurate from the tee currently ranked 6th on Tour for accuracy from the tee. Also what you do get from Zach is a eagerness to perform to his best ability week in week out. He has played in 20 events so far this campaign with only two cuts missed. He has also a victory to his name this year which was won at the very first event of the year the Hyundai Tournament of Champions held in beautiful Hawaii where he beat above selection Jordan Spieth by one stroke. Zach also performed well just a few weeks back at the John Deere where he finished in a runners up spot after Brian Harman won his first PGA Tour event.
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