A globally elite PGA field takes shape this week, Thursday August 2nd, for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, which is one of the best tournaments of the year. Should Tiger Woods make it 8-of-14 this week at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, he would become the first player in PGA Tour history to win eight times on the same course. PGA oddsmakers have Tiger Woods as 9/2 favorite to win the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Let’s take a look at the top three favorites. Be sure to check the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational Odds and make your predictions before the action begins.
Tiger Woods (9/2) – career record is unsurpassed; 10 top-5 finishes and seven wins in 12 starts with a 68.33 scoring average. With a win, Tiger would join Sam Snead as the only players to win the same event eight times: Snead won eight Greater Greensboro Open titles in 27 years at two different venues. Over the next several years, Woods should have a ton of chances to win his eighth career event on a single course. He also has won seven PGA Tour events at Bay Hill and Torrey Pines. And although Woods skipped Torrey in 2012 for Abu Dhabi, he’ll be the defending champion at The King’s tournament in 2013.
Tiger also has won five times at both Muirfield (the Memorial) and Cog Hill (BMW Championship). Add it all up, and 41.9 percent (31-of-74) of Woods’ career PGA Tour victories have come at just five venues. That seems like a very high concentration of victories at few courses. Like almost all comparisons with Woods, we have only history to use as a barometer for his success — his past or the achievements of the game’s all-time elite.
Luke Donald (14/1) – is second in the world ranking, while Tiger Woods is putting together his first bid to regain the top spot on Earth in a few years. Will the incumbent world No. 1 Donald hang on to the top spot entering the season’s final major next week at the PGA Championship?
Donald fired four sub-70 rounds at Firestone last year to finish tied for second. He picked up a T-5 finish at the Open Championship, where he was third in fairways hit and second in greens in regulation.
And as the three-time reigning leader in strokes gained — putting (he’s fourth this year) — if Donald putts to his potential with the ballstriking he had at Lytham, he could pick up his second WGC victory this weekend.
Adam Scott (16/1) – Two weeks removed from a major heartbreak, Scott and his long putter are defending champions this week at Firestone. Scott, who is in the top 20 on tour this year in both ballstriking and total driving, is coming off a (mostly) brilliant performance at the Open Championship. Before he reached the 69th hole at Lytham, Scott had hit 48 of 68 greens in regulation for the week (70.6 percent). We all know what happened next, though.
En route to his Bridgestone title last year, Scott was bogey-free over his last 27 holes and went the entire tournament without a 3-putt. With eyes glued to him, Scott will have his resiliency tested this week.
PGA Tour – Odds To Win The 2012 WGC Bridgestone Invitational
Tiger Woods 9/2
Luke Donald 14/1
Adam Scott 16/1
Lee Westwood 20/1
Rory McIlroy 20/1
Hunter Mahan 25/1
Bubba Watson 28/1
Dustin Johnson 28/1
Jason Dufner 28/1
Zach Johnson 28/1
Bo Van Pelt 33/1
Graeme McDowell 33/1
Justin Rose 33/1
Matt Kuchar 33/1
Phil Mickelson 33/1
Rickie Fowler 33/1
Steve Stricker 40/1
Ernie Els 50/1
Francesco Molinari 50/1
Jason Day 50/1
Jim Furyk 50/1
When: Thursday, Aug 2nd@8:40 AM EST
Pick: Tiger Woods 9/2
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