Bridgestone Invitational Golf Betting: Bradley The Smart Bet In Ohio


Next stop is Akron, Ohio and Firestone CC takes centre stage as a reduced field tees it up for the last WGC event of the season. The Bridgestone invitational has no cut and one Tiger woods - an eight time winner here - will be looking forward to getting another four competitive rounds under his belt, but the jury is still out on the former world no. 1.

Leading the market are Rory McIlroy - 6.50 - fresh off another dominating major performance at Hoylake the other week and Adam Scott - 11.00 - who took down this event in 2011. It's 2012 WGC Bridgestone winner Keegan Bradley - 26.00 - though who gets my vote towards the front of the betting. Bradley's combination of long and straight driving and dialed in putting proved too hard to better that year for an elite field, and it would seem he comes back just about to hit top gear again.

 

The course - Firestone CC

One of the toughest par 70s on tour at 7,400 yards, Total driving is a premium at Firestone. Depending on the rough it may be a case of power over accuracy. Players have complained about how penal the long grass has been in some recent editions and it's important to find the fairways, especially if it's up in 2014. Conditions are usually fast and firm and there are some treacherous pin positions which can only be accessed with the shorter irons and from the right spot in the fairway. Surfaces should be running up to 13' on the stimp and many are protected by the sand traps.

 

Three from the pack

Another man who had the run of the greens in 2011 was Jason Day - 46.00 or 9.00 - as he tried to chase down Adam Scott. Day has the necessary power off the tee to tackle Firestone, averaging around the 300 yard mark. Jason has played sparingly this season whilst nursing a few ailments but has still managed some eye catching finishes including a T4 at the US Open and a top 20 at the Masters. Most notably though the Aussie won the WGC Matchplay earlier in the year and I think he's over priced for glory this week.

Coincidentally, the man Jason Day beat to the WGC Matchplay title at Dove Mountain is also prominent on my radar this week. Big hitting Victor Dubuisson shot to prominence in Turkey last year and has gone on to cement a spot in Europe's Ryder cup team. The Frenchman excels in the driving and scrambling departments and has shown he has what it takes to perform in elite company. Victor comes to a course that should fit his game off the back of a top 10 in The Open and he trades at 81.00 or 16.00 the place.

Another player forever underrated and a high finisher at Hoylake is Marc Leishman - 81.00 or 16.00 - who secured another major top five in Liverpool. PGA Tour rookie of the year in 09 and winner of the Travelers Championship in 2012, another win for Leish is just around the corner and it's as likely to be a big one as a run of the mill event. Marc ranks 40th in driving distance and was runner up at the Farmers earlier in the season - a Torrey Pines South track which incorporates similar lengthy par fours to what they will face in Akron. Leishman ranks 16th in the all round and comes here flying in confidence.

 

Sleeper Watch

Another horse for course type in my opinion this week is Jonas Blixt who is developing a name as a big event specialist after placing in the 2013 PGA Championship and backing that up with a runner up slot at Augusta in 2014. The Swede is a multiple winner on the PGA Tour and well worth a speculative play at a big quote of 201.00 or 31.00 the place.