Golf Betting Tips This Week : WGC Bridgestone
The WGC Bridgestone is played at the Firestone Golf Club, a demanding layout that requires long and straight driving, an ability to hit tricky greens in regulation, and a brilliant touch around the greens when you don’t – whilst a hot putter is never a bad weapon to have in your armoury.
In the tournament’s 16 year history it has been won 8 times by Tiger Woods, whilst 6 of the other 8 winners have either been major champions or become major champions at a later date. Tiger’s slip down the world rankings means he’s not here this year, whilst neither is last year’s champion and world number one Rory McIlroy, and 6/1 market leader Jordan Spieth didn’t take an obvious shine to the place when finishing 49th on last year’s debut.
Of the others near the head of the market, the inform Justin Rose, Jason Day and Rickie Fowler all have obvious chances – but there does look to be four players priced-up at 40/1 or more who look better value.
1.5 points each-way Patrick Reed @ 45/1 (Betfred) ¼ odds 5 places
The talents of the multiple PGA Tour winner, and WGC winner, remain much maligned – and he certainly doesn’t deserve to be over 7 times the price of Spieth. He finished 4th on his debut here last year when a final round 65 cemented the idea that he looked a sure-fire future winner of this event and, though he’s not a major winner yet, it will be a surprise if he doesn’t win one at some point.
1.5 points each-way Keegan Bradley @ 40/1 (Bet365, Betfred, Coral) ¼ odds 5 places
Bradley has already won here and, with tournament figures of 15/1/2/4, he’s very hard to leave out of calculations at what seems a massive price. He could be in better form, but he’s likely to raise his game for what he admits is his favourite non-major event of the season.
1 point each-way Mark Leishman @ 55/1 (Bet365) ¼ odds 5 places
The Australian has put some very big performances together over the last few years including being placed at the Masters and the Open, whilst he also finished 3rd here last year. Placed twice in his last 5 starts, he looks a big price.
1 point each-way Ryan Palmer @ 80/1 (Boylesports) ¼ odds 5 places
Palmer has only been ranked high enough twice to get in this tournament, but has managed to finish 3rd in 2005 and 2nd in 2010, suggesting 80/1 is far too big for him.
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