PGA Tour Golf Odds: WGC-Bridgestone Invitational Swan Song in Akron

Monday, July 30, 2018 3:19 PM UTC

Monday, Jul. 30, 2018 3:19 PM UTC

It’s a spectacular field this week at the big-money World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, the final time the city will host the event.

<p>It has not been a great few months for the city of Akron, which could use all the good luck it could get – you know what I mean if you have ever been to the Rubber Capital of the World. Of course, hometown hero LeBron James announced at the start of July that he was leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers again, this time for the Los Angeles Lakers. So, Northeast Ohio (Akron and Cleveland separated by around 40 miles) just became irrelevant in pro basketball again.</p><p>In April, the PGA Tour announced its 2018-19 wraparound schedule and that the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Akron’s Firestone Country Club would no longer be on it. It’s all about sponsorship reasons as FedEx, one of the mega-sponsors on Tour and whose name is on golf’s postseason (FedEx Cup), was getting an upgrade from the St. Jude Classic. That will move from the week before the U.S. Open to this spot on the calendar starting in 2019 and be called the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. Akron/Firestone isn’t being left completely high and dry, though, as the Senior Players Championship on the Champions Tour will move there. The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational has been held at Firestone every year but one since its debut in 1999.</p><p>There are a few ways to get into a limited-field WGC event like this one, but the easiest is to be ranked in the Top 50 in the world by the Monday before. All 50 are set to tee it up this week and there’s no cut. Seven players are making their overall WGC debuts. Firestone’s South Course is a par 70 measuring 7,400 yards. The winning scores can definitely vary here. For example, Tiger Woods holds the tournament-record score of 21 in 2000. But as recently as 2016, Dustin Johnson won the tournament with only a score of 6 under.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;The best field of the season is here.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;50 of the top 50 IN THE WORLD will be in Akron. 👏&lt;/p&gt;— WGC_Bridgestone (@WGC_Bridgestone) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/WGC_Bridgestone/status/1023191844954361856?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;July 28, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><h2>Tiger Can Set Record</h2><p>Let’s not kid ourselves: Whenever Woods plays a tournament, he’s the story. He just snuck into the Top 50 of the world rankings with his T6 at the British Open, taking sole possession of the lead briefly in the final round. It’s Tiger’s first time playing any WGC event in four years. He has won here eight times; no player has won a PGA Tour event at the same course nine times. Tiger also has eight wins in San Diego (Torrey Pines) and Orlando (Bay Hill), while Sam Snead has eight in Greensboro, N.C. Woods’ last Bridgestone title was in 2013 when he won by seven. <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4588&amp;book=BOVADA" rel="nofollow">He’s +1200 at Bovada.</a></p><p>Johnson is the <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4588&amp;book=BOVADA" rel="nofollow">+700 favorite</a> as he looks to win for the second week in a row, taking the Canadian Open on Sunday after missing the cut at the British Open – we recommended backing DJ to win in Ontario at +625 so you are welcome! He finished three clear of the field at 23 under. Johnson has that win here two years ago but otherwise hasn’t really contended.</p><p>Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose are +1200 along with Woods. McIlroy and Rose both come off T2s at the British Open. Rory won the WGC-Bridgestone in 2014 and was fifth last year. Rose has finished T5 in three of the past five trips to Akron but not won. British Open champion Francesco Molinari is +2500, but he doesn’t have a great track record in Akron.</p><p> </p><h2>The Picks</h2><p>Too hard to win back-to-back weeks so not high on Johnson here. Do recommend Rickie Fowler (<a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4587&amp;book=Bookmaker" rel="nofollow">+175 at Bookmaker.eu</a>), McIlroy (-125) and Rose (+120) for Top 10s. Am hopeful one of the books offers those three vs. the field to win. But for best longer-shot value, let’s go Kevin Chappell at +7500. He was third here in 2016 and 13<sup>th</sup> last year. Chappell has struggled this year but perhaps found something at the British Open with a T6.</p><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/forum/more-sports/" rel="nofollow">Talk Golf Betting In SBR's Forum</a></h2>
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