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WGC Bridgestone Invitational 2015 Tips

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Adam Scott (ew)Tournament Winner18/1Sky Bet, Coral
Louis Oosthuizen (ew)Tournament Winner30/1Stan James
Keegan Bradley (ew)Tournament Winner40/1Bet365, Betfred, Coral

Venue

The Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, has hosted the Bridgestone Invitational since 1962. The tournament is played on the par 70 South Course, which is a lengthy 7,282 yards. The course is noted for its long par fours together with one of the longest par fives anywhere in golf, the 667 yard 16th. Two of the par threes are also unusually long – at 221 and 200 yards respectively the third and fifth holes can be a real challenge if the wind is up. This event has been won a staggering eight times by Tiger Woods, including as recently as 2013 when he finished seven shots clear of the field. Woods established a tournament record 21-under par total when he won by 11 shots in 2000. A field of around 75 players are invited, roughly half as many as most PGA Tour events.

Favourites

Rory McIlroy’s ongoing battle with ankle ligament damage means there is no defending champion in the field this week. The Northern Irishman win by three shots from Sergio Garcia last year. McIlroy’s chief rival at the top of the world rankings, Jordan Spieth, is the market leader at a best price of 6/1 with Ladbrokes, BetVictor and Betfred, with Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler and Justin Rose ensuring there will be stiff competition. Former winners Adam Scott, Keegan Bradley and Hunter Mahan are also back for another tilt at the title, although a back problem has forced Woods to withdraw.

Tips

Adam ScottAs well as winning this event in 2011, ADAM SCOTT has two other top 10 finishes to his name at Firestone in the last five years. He will have been hugely disappointed with the way his Open challenge faded on the final day and will need to have cleared his head, but he played well for three days at St Andrews and also finished fourth at the US Open. Sky Bet and Coral are both offering odds of 18/1 on the Australian.

Louis-OosthuizenAfter finishing as runner-up at both the US Open and then at St Andrews, LOUIS OOSTHUIZEN has proved that he is back to his best and can once again compete in the strongest fields. The South African, who missed out in a play-off at the Open, is on top of his game right now and has a previous top five to his name at Firestone in 2012. Stan James‘ top price of 30/1 looks a solid each-way bet (as short as 18/1 elsewhere).

Keegan BradleyTiger Woods aside, KEEGAN BRADLEY is as close as you will get to a course specialist here. The big-hitting American’s game is a perfect fit for the course he unsurprisingly describes as his favourite on the PGA Tour and his record in four appearances here speaks for itself – 15-1-2-4. Bet365‘s early quote of 45/1 was quickly snapped up but they are still offering 40s alongside Betfred and Coral.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Adam Scott (ew)Tournament Winner18/1Sky Bet, Coral
Louis Oosthuizen (ew)Tournament Winner30/1Stan James
Keegan Bradley (ew)Tournament Winner40/1Bet365, Betfred, Coral