Rickie Fowler Ranks As A Top Tip For The WGC Bridgestone Invitational

The third WGC event of the season takes centre stage at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, from Thursday as the world's finest golfers tee up for what promises to be a brutal test at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational...

Thursday 3rd August - 6.30pm OddsWon/LostBet
WGC Bridgestone Invitational    
Tips Rickie Fowler (each way)    Best Bet @ 18 / 1  
Paul Casey (each way) @ 35 / 1 P
Zach Johnson (each way) @ 70 / 1 P
Kyle Stanley (each way) @ 150 / 1  

The Head Of The Betting

The 7,400 yard, par-70 course is something of a brute and it is a venue where the very best players tend to excel with three of the past four winners coming from a starting price of 8/1 or shorter, albeit Shane Lowry did break that trend by returning as a 150/1 winner in 2015.

Jordan Spieth is the 8/1 favourite after finishing third at Firestone last year and the Open Championship winner is bidding for a third tournament win on the bounce. The American is in red hot form but will fatigue have an effect off the back of the past few weeks?

Rory McIlroy (10/1) returns to Akron for the first time since winning the Bridgestone in 2014 but he arrives under something of a cloud after parting ways with caddie JP Fitzgerald following a run of three missed cuts in five outings.

Dustin Johnson (10/1) is the defending champion and the world number one is bidding to add to his three wins for the year. Johnson secured a first top-ten since May with a tie for 8th at the Canadian Open last week but he didn't drive great and it is worth remembering that he was in electric form when he won this off the back of claiming the US Open last season.

Rickie To Set Out His Stall

It is Rickie Fowler who makes most appeal of the leading contenders for us as he ranks 3rd for total driving on the PGA Tour and he has been in very good form this year. The American is still short of a major win that would propel him to new realms of stardom but he is playing well and already has The Honda Classic title, as well as eight other top-fifteen finishes, to his name for 2017.

Fowler was runner-up at the Bridgestone Invitational in 2011 and he can go one better after finishing 8th-10th-10th at Firestone in his past three visits.
Tip #1: Rickie Fowler (each way) @ 18/1 with Bet 365.

Make A Casey For Paul

Paul Casey is another player with course and recent form in his favour as the Englishman has eight top-25 finishes to show from eleven visits to Firestone, while he has finished in the top-25 in nine of his last eleven outings worldwide.

Casey signed off from Royal Birkdale with a pair of 67's to tie for 11th and he can build on that form in Ohio as he ticks a couple of boxes in that he ranks 8th for total driving and 4th for greens in regulation percentage this season.
Tip #2: Paul Casey (each way) @ 35/1 with Bet 365.

The Outside Bets

Meanwhile, Zach Johnson is very much a 'horse for this course' as he has six top-fifteens to his name in the Bridgestone. The former Open winner has shown that there are certain courses he thrives on as we tipped him each-way en route to a tie for 5th at the John Deere Classic recently and he followed that up with a tie for 14th at Royal Birkdale.
Tip #3: Zach Johnson (each way) @ 70/1 with Unibet.

Finally, it was only five weeks ago that Kyle Stanley was winning the Quicken Loans National so it is a surprise to see that he is as big as 150/1 this week. Stanley tied for 4th at The Players earlier this term too so he is clearly in decent touch and he earned a respectable tie for 16th on his only appearance at Firestone in 2012.

The long shot can build on that experience as he appears to have the tools to shine on this course as he ranks 2nd for total driving and 1st for greens in regulation percentage this season.
Tip #4: Kyle Stanley (each way) @ 150/1 with Boylesports.

2017 WGC Bridgestone Invitational Odds

Posted: Tuesday, 1st August 2017
Author: Chris Knight

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