By Vince Eager
We are looking to follow up a great week last week when one of our tips, Tim Clark, won the Canadian Open at $71 with another winner here in this exclusive WGC field.
Tiger woods has dominated the Bridgestone Invitational in recent years winning five of the last 10 renewals and eight times in total including by seven shots last year when he looked as good as ever. In fact, a round of 59 was on the cards in round 2 as he needed to birdie two of the final five holes to record what would have been possibly the greatest round of golf in memory on what is a tough course.
Tiger had won four times before this event in 2013, however, and was coming off a 6th placed finish at the Open. I’m not completely discounting his chances but things are not so rosy this time around for the former world number 1.
When assessing this event I like to refer to from at this course and also two other tracks where Tiger has enjoyed a lot of success, Augusta and Bay Hill. A glance at the list of players who have finished in the top five here just shouts Augusta back at you! Woods, Zach Johnson, Stenson, Rose, Cabrera, Scott…and the list goes on.
|Course: Firestone Country Club (South Course), Akron, Ohio|
|Course Architect: Bert Way (1929), Robert Trent Jones (1960)|
|Yardage: 7,400 yds|
|Acres of fairway: 20|
|Greens: Pencross bentgrass; Poa annua; average size: 7,619 sq. ft|
|Stimp: 13+ ft|
Last 10 winners
Oddy Oddy Oddy Recent and Course Form Ratings
Although it’s increasingly hard to warm to Bubba Watson as a person with his constant Colin Montgomery style whinging at spectators, cameramen, his caddy and basically anyone bar himself when things are going badly, it would be crazy to work on a Masters link when assessing a tournament and not give him full consideration.
We can safely ignore his missed cut at the Open as he hates it in Europe but being a duel winner at Augusta and with finishes of 22, 21, 19 and 27 to his name here it’s clearly somewhere that suits his game well.
Further inspection of his record here also shows that he shot an opening round of 66 in 2012, 67 in 2013 and 64 in 2010. He’s been in the mix going into the weekend in each of his last four appearances here and at current odds is definitely over priced. He also has a tied 4th in 2010 and Bay Hill.
Many people will cross Furyk off their list of possible bets after he was beaten into 2nd by Tim Clark on Sunday but he didn’t do a whole lot wrong and was just pipped by Clark who shot five birdies on the back nine.
Furyk’s most recent form reads 19, 12, 4 and 2 and the first three of those tournaments were the Memorial Tournament, US Open and Open Championship. In short, he is playing the best golf of anyone in the world at the moment, with the exception i suppose of Rory McIlroy and maybe the guy below, Justin Rose.
His course from reads 51, 6, 23, 2 and 9.
Justin Rose has won two of his last three starts and has form figures here of 29, 19, 33, 5 and 17. He has solid form at Augusta and i’m happy to add him to the staking plan, win only, at his current odds.
Bets 4 and 5:
Two players with solid recent and course form which sees them in the top 10 of the ODDY rankings and are at big prices are Steve Stricker and Ryan Moore.
For the last bet of the week i’m going to the other event on the PGA Tour, The Barracuda Championship.
Joe Durant tops the ODDY ratings with recent form of 6, 11, 9 and 12 to go with course form of 25, 16 and MC. Most of the players at the top of the market here have solid course form but are not in the greatest of touch at the moment. Durant is great value at his current odds.