WGC-Bridgestone Invitational 2013


As my wife will probably testify to, I watch way too much golf.  The American events are great as she’s normally tucked up in bed, which gives me complete control over the remote and can watch until the early hours of the morning. The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational will be no exception. With the top players wanting to warm up and get ready for the USPGA Championships in a weeks time.

As with all golf events, it’s always very hard to pick a winner, as the field is so huge and there can only be one winner. What I intend to do below is just give you a few bits of useful information and statistics on a handful of players that I think have got a very good chance of at least coming in the top 10. With this in mind maybe a each way bet is the best way of seeing a return or using Betfair’s great cashout facility. This is great if you’ve picked a player that starts well but has been known to choke (just ask Gappyhilmore about his ups and downs with Lee Westwood this year).

Firestone Country Club has a storied history in professional golf having hosted PGA Tour events for over five decades. The South Course provides a challenging, but fair test for the best players in the world. It is a long course that boasts a total distance of 7,400 yards. With this in mind, maybe the big hitters such as Dustin Johnson and Nicolas Colsaerts might have a slight advantage over the the field.

Adam Scott

The current Masters champion was always going to be a big favourite for this tournament. Having played very consistently for the majority of The Open and won this tournament in 2011 it’s not surprising he’s 3rd favourite with Betfair at 13/1.

Dustin Johnson

With an average driving distance of 304.1 yards, this is the sort of course that is setup for Dustin. Currently 28/1 with Betfair you might find better value with some of the other players below but expect DJ to be there and there abouts come Sunday.

Steve Stricker

Steve Stricker has been there done that for as long as I can remember. Having T2 at this tournament last year he knows the track and can handle the pressure. Has already T2 twice on tour already this season and has finished in the top 10 on 6 occasions. Hasn’t missed a cut all year so Betfair’s odds of 35/1 reflect this. Expect Stricker to not be too far way come late on Sunday.

Keegan Bradley

Ever since Bradley won the USPGA Championship in 2011, his rookie year, he has consistently been one of the favourites for every tournament he competes in. This will be no different, especially as he is the current champion. He hasn’t won on tour so far this season which is why Betfair are offering a very generous 41/1 for him to defend his crown.

Zach Johnson

Zach Johnson has been very consistent this season. His last 2 tournaments have resulted in great finishes only just missing out on winning the John Deere Classic, and he was 1st round leader at Muirfield, eventually finishing a very respectable T6. Fully expect to see Zach and his famous ‘strong grip’ competing near the top of the leaderboard and at 74/1 on Betfair he represents very good value.

Matteo Manassero

Currently sitting third in the Race to Dubai Manassero is my outside tip. Has won 4 times on tour already in his very short career including once this season. Before The Open he was as low as 80/1. Yes he didn’t have the greatest 2 days and didn’t make the cut but this guy can play. He is young and maybe links golf is just not his thing. Because of this he is currently 249/1 with Betfair for this one. Surely worth a cheeky £2 of anyone’s money and hope he makes it through to Saturday.