WGC Bridgestone Invitational 2016 Betting Preview

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Adam Scott (ew)Tournament Winner25/1Coral
Jim Furyk (ew)Tournament Winner33/1Coral
Soren Kjeldsen (ew)Tournament Winner150/1Bet365

Venue

The WGC Bridgestone Invitational 2016 takes place, as ever, at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio and is played on the par 70 South Course, which is a lengthy 7,283 yards. The course is noted for its long par fours and 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 course record of 21-under-par in 2000, when he won by 11 shots. A field of only around 75 players are invited, roughly half as many as most PGA Tour events. Shane Lowry is the defending champion.

Favourites

The betting is headed by world no.1 Jason Day, who is available at a best price of 13/2 with Coral. The Australian was 12th at this event last year, during a run of 4 tournament wins in 6 outings, and his best result at Firestone was a share of 4th place in 2011. Newly-crowned US Open champion Dustin Johnson is available at 8/1 with Paddy Power, who are offering 6 places for each-way bets, ahead of 10/1 chance Jordan Spieth. They are the big 3 in the market, beyond them are rising American star Brooks Koepka at 20/1, plus Justin Rose and Adam Scott at 25/1.

Tips

Adam ScottOnly Day has garnered more FedEx Cup points than ADAM SCOTT this season and at 25/1 with Coral the Australian, who won this event in 2011, looks very much overpriced. Scott has done well here on subsequent visits too and his season is a tale of consistency – with two victories to his name and making the cut at all 13 of his PGA Tour events. He was also in the top 20 at both the Players and US Open.

Jim-FurykA wrist injury has severely restricted JIM FURYK this season – he didn’t play at all until the Wells Fargo Championship in May – but he underlined his return to fitness by finishing as runner-up at the US Open and he was just outside the top 20 at last week’s Quicken Loans National. He has never won this tournament, but was runner-up in both 2001 and 2012 and shared 3rd place last year. Back him at 33/1 with Coral.

Soren KjeldsenIf you like a big-priced outsider, then consider the Dane SOREN KJELDSEN, who has had something of a ressurgence in the last couple of years, including winning the Irish Open last May and finishing tied-7th in the Masters at Augusta in April – one shot ahead of Day, McIlroy and Rose. Currently ranked World no. 47, he finished 12th at Firestone last year and looks a tasty each-way chance at 150/1 with Bet365.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Adam Scott (ew)Tournament Winner25/1Coral
Jim Furyk (ew)Tournament Winner33/1Coral
Soren Kjeldsen (ew)Tournament Winner150/1Bet365