WGC Bridgestone Invitational betting tips & predictions – the WGC Bridgestone Invitational is one of the annual World Golf Championships. It is sanctioned and organised by the International Federation of PGA Tours and the prize money is official money on both the PGA Tour and the European Tour.
The event was established in 1999 as a successor to the World Series of Golf.
Bridgestone took over from NEC as title sponsor for the tournament in 2006. The event continues to be held at its traditional site of the South Course at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.
The South Course was designed by Bert Way and opened for play on August 10, 1929. A major redesign by Robert Trent Jones in 1960 added over 50 bunkers, two ponds and brought the course up to 7,189 yards. The course was further redesigned by Golforce in 1985 and played at 7,400 yards for the WGC event in 2013.
Noted for its length, the Par 70 layout includes a series of intimidating, long Par 4 holes and one of the longest Par 5’s anywhere. The 16th hole plays to 667 yards and a pond in front of the green captures its share of errant shots.
At 7,400+ Firestone CC is the longest Par 70 on the PGA Tour and not surprisingly Driving Distance is important. However with a premium on hitting greens Driving Accuracy is also key. A good place to start when trying to profile an identikit winner is Total Driving followed as always by Greens in Regulation. This combination tells us that Firestone is a ball-strikers track.
Invariably greens will be missed so players will need to scramble well and have a better than average week with the flat-stick.
Last year’s Champion, Dustin Johnson, won on the strength of a superb all round game. He delivered a ball-striking master-class finishing the week 2nd for Driving Distance, T4 for Driving Accuracy and T5 for Greens in Regulation. His putting complimented his ball-striking finishing the week T10 for Putts per Round which yielded a total of 16 Birdies (1st).
In 2015, Shane Lowry emerged victorious gaining 0.7 strokes per round with his driver (10th), 0.9 strokes per round with his approach shots (10th), 0.8 strokes per round with his short game (10th) and 1.2 strokes per round with his putting (6th).
Rory McIlroy on his way to victory in 2014 headed the field in both Driving Distance and GIR and finished 2nd for Proximity to Hole. When Tiger won in 2013 he was 6th, 2nd and 1st for the same stats respectively.
Firestone is a course that suits a player with superior ball-striking skills and in particular those who drive the ball long and well from the tee. This week is all about hitting greens in regulation and minimising unforced errors.
Jordan Spieth 8/1, Rory McIlroy 9/1 and Dustin Johnson 9/1 are the Bookmakers favourites for this week’s WGC Bridgestone Invitational
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