WGC Bridgestone Invitational Betting Preview
Firestone CC (South Course) – Akron, OH, USA
Aug. 1-4, 2013
Last week –
After two runner ups in a row I finally bagged myself (and hopefully you too) a winner on Brandt Snedeker in Canada last week at 16/1 getting some decent profit. After the first two rounds Kirk and Matsuyama were both going well only to fall off the pace in the final round to finish Tied 16th and Tied 21st. Overall it was a good week. Now onto this week in in Firestone.
Tiger Woods 9/2
Whenever I write about Tiger and include him in a preview I always get a feeling I’m writing about God himself, well the golfing equivalent anyway! Tiger has won this event seven times in 1999,2000,2001,2005,2006,2007 and 2009. If I’m 100 per cent honest, I expect to add 2013 to that list after Sunday given his current form. Although he played very conservatively at The Open in Muirfield and didn’t really attack any of the pins he still managed to finished tied 6th and that would’ve been a different story if the putter was hot on Sunday afternoon in my opinion. With four wins safely tucked away in the trophy cabinet already this year including The Farmers, The WGC Cadillac, The Arnold Palmer and The Players, I expect Tiger to add his fifth this week at Firestone. Some of Tigers stats are 4th in Strokes Gained, 5th in Birdie Average, 1st in Scoring Average, 3rd in Par Breakers and 1st in the All Around. Stats, previous record and his current form makes it really hard to bet against him this week.
Adam Scott 20/1
What a year Adam Scott is having with a win at The Masters in Augusta and recently having a super week had at The Open Championship in Muirfield finishing in tied 3rd behind Henrik Stenson. He had a great start to the year finishing in tied 10th in The Northern Trust Open in January, Tied 3rd in The WGC Cadillac and followed that with a win at The Masters, two top 20’s in The Players and The Memorial and most recently 3rd in The Open. Statswise he is 24th in Driving Distance hitting it a decent 297.7 yards off the tee he also ranks 20th in GIR, 3rd in Scoring Average, 19th in Sand Saves and 17th in The All Around. He won this event in 2011 very convincingly and I don’t see him having a bad week here either he’s as steady as a rock these days.
Henrik Stenson 33/1
This man is in serious form at the moment and I expect it to continue this week at Firestone. 3 top 10’s in his last 3 events including a solo 2nd place finish in The Open championship, Tied 3rd in The Scottish Open and a tied 10th finish in The BMW International he also finished a respectable tied 5th in The Players Championship at Sawgrass and had a tied 2nd at The Houston Open a couple of weeks before. His stats on the PGA Tour so far this season read 1st in Driving Accuracy, 2nd in GIR, 3rd in Total Driving and 10th in Scoring Average. On the European Tour 9th in Driving Distance, 6th in GIR and 5th in Stroke Average, all of those stats will make him a very dangerous man around Firestone. If you’re a regular reader of this blog you’ll know I have backed Stenson a couple of times this season and he has rarely let me down. I feel very comfortable backing him here at 33/1. Very very comfortable….
Dustin Johnson 25/1
I’ve been keeping an eye on Dustin over the last few weeks and I really felt he played well last week and thought if anyone was going to snatch the title from my boy Snedeker it was going to be Dustin Johnson. However, thankfully, that wasn’t the case with Johnson taking a costly Triple Bogey on 17 to drop himself right out of it. I wasn’t upset to see that happen at the time I have to say but it was rather unfortunate. That being said I reckon he is playing well at the moment winning a Tournament earlier in the year at The Hyundai, finished tied 4th at The Houston Open, Tied 10th at The FedEx St Jude and most recently finishing tied 2nd last week in Canada and had a respectable Open Championship the week before with 2 very good rounds shooting 68,72 but sadly falling off the pace in rounds 3 and 4 shooting 76,77. The big hitting Johnson ranks 5th in Driving Distance hitting it a long 304.1 yards off the tee, 17th in Birdie Average and 21st in Scoring Average. With a good finish last week and length very much on his side, I reckon his game should set up well for Firestone.
Jason Day 33/1
This guy has had an absolutely superb season so far with 5 top 10’s already under his belt and I reckon he’s not far off his first win of the season and it could easily be any day now given his form. Day really stands up to the plate at the big events and has proved that finishing an impressive solo 3rd at The Masters and finishing tied 2nd at The US Open in a very tricky Merion. He also finished 6th in Pebble Beach at The AT&T in Feb and followed that up a week later with a solo 3rd finish in WGC Accenture Matchplay. Day ranks 18th in Driving Distance, 21st in Strokes Gained, 23rd in Sand Saves and 13th in Scoring Average. Finished 4th here in 2011 and has the game to be a huge threat here this week.
Angel Cabrera 66/1
I have to say I was surprised to see Cabrera at such a big price here this week given the way he’s playing. He had a very respectable tied 11th finish at The Open Championship a couple of weeks back not to mention losing in a playoff to Adam Scott in The Masters back in April, Cabrera does perform in the bigger events and he is another player who should suit Firestone with decent length off the tee. He has 2 top 4 finishes at this event in his last 5 appearances finishing tied 4th in 2009 the year he won The Masters and tied 4th again in 2006. He seems to like fast and pacey greens and combined with previous performances on this course, I think he is a very good shout around here.
Final Selections –
Tiger Woods 3pts EW/6pts Total
Adam Scott 2pts EW/4pts Total
Henrik Stenson 1.5pts EW/3pts Total
Dustin Johnson 1ptEW/2pts Total
Jason Day 1ptEW/2pts Total
Angel Cabrera 1ptEW/2pts Total
Total Staked= 19 pts
Good Luck and enjoy the golf,
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