WGC Bridgestone Invitational And French Open Golf
There’s top-class golfing action on both sides of the Atlantic this week, with the WGC Bridgestone Invitational in America, and the French Open on the European Tour – and we’ve got recommendations for both events.
WGC Bridgestone Invitational
Tiger Woods may have won this event 8-times hitting it all over the place at the 7,400 yard Firestone Golf Club, but the other winners tend to have been playing some serious tee-to-green golf when they took the title.
Nobody is doing that better than Dustin Johnson however, having never finished better than fifteenth here, he’s hard to recommend. Meanwhile, Jason Day has managed a fourth and, though he’s won at a few venues he’s not particularly previously played well at in the last 12 months, I’m happy to pass at 6/1. Jordan Spieth is also passed over as he’s probably won’t be able to get away with his current poor driving stats – so I’m recommending 2 selections who look the value this week.
Brooks Koepka 2 points each-way @ 20/1 (Paddy Power) ¼ odds 6 places
The powerful young American looks sure to add plenty of titles to his CV in the coming years, and he took an instant shine to this place last year when finishing sixth. He’s playing really well tee-to-green at the moment, and that’s backed-up by his current form of 2/2/13.
Jason Dufner 1 point each-way @ 40/1 (Paddy Power) ¼ odds 6 places
Difficult tee-to-green tests have always been right up Dufner’s street, and he finished seventh and fourth here in 2013 and 2014. He was struggling last year when only sixty-sixth, but looks nearly back to his best with form figures of 6/33/8.
The European Ryder Cup contenders have shown just how much getting in the team means to them with the likes of McIlroy, McDowell and Kaymer all playing here rather than in America, and it would be no surprise if any of them lifted the title. However, none of them have exactly been at their best recently and I’d much rather take a trio of big-priced each-way pokes.
Tyrell Hatton 1 point each-way @ 66/1 (Boylesports) ¼ odds 5 places
Hatton disappointingly missed the cut last week but, at double the odds this week, he looks worth chancing at a venue where he finished twelfth last year. Form figures of 12/13/5/7/20 before that missed cut suggest he may have just been rusty after three weeks off – and this could have been his big target.
Thomas Pieters 0.5 points each-way @ 110/1 (Bet365) ¼ odds 5 places
The young Belgian is on the comeback for injury, but I never though I’d see him priced-up at a three-figure price in a European Tour event ever again, and I just can’t resist as he finished in the top-30 here in 2014.
Kristoffer Broberg 0.5 points each-way @ 200/1 (Skybet) ¼ odds 6 places
Broberg has tended to come to form around this time every year and, though his current form doesn’t back that up, he has finished 25/12/12 here the last 3 years.