The big headline on the run up to the Bridgestone Invitational is Rory McIlroy’s absence through injury. The world number 1 will be unable to mount a defence at the tournament he won at Firestone Country Club by two shots last year.
Golf fans who watched the Quicken Loans National will also be disappointed by Tiger Woods absence from both the Bridgestone Invitational and Barracuda Championship this week. Tiger hit three strong rounds at the Quicken Loans National and it looks like he’s starting to build some form. It would’ve been interesting to see if he could step it up another gear ready for the PGA Championship next week. But it's unlikely the former world number 1 would have found himself among the tournament favourites.
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Favourite To Win The Bridgestone Invitational
At 11/2, the official world golf rankings number 2, Jordan Spieth is the favourite to win at the Bridgestone Invitational. Despite the course favouring players with more distance off the tee, there is a lot of incentive for Spieth to win. It will help him build confidence and form ahead of the PGA Championship, and move to number 1 in the world golf rankings.
Incentives aside, the odds for Jordan Spieth to win offer good value. At the 2014 Bridgestone Invitational on the same course, Speith finished 49th at 5 under par, 20 shots behind tournament winner Rory McIlroy. He's improved a great deal in the last 12 months, but hitting 20 shots less over the four rounds is a big ask.
Sergio Garcia Inform And At 28/1
Sergio Garcia is at 28/1`in advance of the tournament, long odds for a player who came 2nd to 2nd to Rory McIlroy last year. Garcia has been in European for the last couple of weeks and finished 6th at The Open Championship and 6th at the Omega European Masters. In an interview with the European Tour he spoke of his confidence with his form:
“I had two good solid weeks at The Open and in Crans,” he said. “It was a really busy week in Crans after The Open and with sponsor stuff, so I felt quite flat at the start of the week but got better as it went on.
“My form has been good recently and I’m hoping to keep on that trend and have another good couple of weeks here in America.”
At last year's tournament, Garcia hit the lowest round of 61 but finished poorly with a 4th round score of 71 to let McIlroy in. If he can avoid doing the same this year, he stands a great chance to win. At 28/1, we think Sergio Garcia is good value for money.
Bridgestone Invitational Winner Odds
The odds for the top 30 players at the 2015 Bridgestone Invitational are:
- Jordan Spieth – Odds To Win: 11/2
- Dustin Johnson – Odds To Win: 14/1
- Jason Day – Odds To Win: 14/1
- Justin Rose – Odds To Win: 14/1
- Adam Scott – Odds To Win: 16/1
- Rickie Fowler – Odds To Win: 16/1
- Louis Oosthuizen – Odds To Win: 20/1
- Henrik Stenson – Odds To Win: 25/1
- Hideki Matsuyama – Odds To Win: 25/1
- Sergio Garcia – Odds To Win: 28/1
- Bubba Watson – Odds To Win: 30/1
- Jim Furyk – Odds To Win: 35/1
- Keegan Bradley – Odds To Win: 35/1
- Matt Kuchar – Odds To Win: 40/1
- Zach Johnson – Odds To Win: 40/1
- Jimmy Walker – Odds To Win: 45/1
- Patrick Reed – Odds To Win: 45/1
- Brooks Koepka – Odds To Win: 50/1
- Marc Leishman – Odds To Win: 50/1
- Paul Casey – Odds To Win: 50/1
- Phil Mickelson – Odds To Win: 50/1
- Billy Horschel – Odds To Win: 60/1
- Brandt Snedeker – Odds To Win: 60/1
- Charl Schwartzel – Odds To Win: 60/1
- Bill Haas – Odds To Win: 66/1
- Branden Grace – Odds To Win: 66/1
- Kevin Kisner – Odds To Win: 66/1
- Martin Kaymer – Odds To Win: 66/1
- Ryan Palmer – Odds To Win: 66/1
- Danny Lee – Odds To Win: 80/1
- Danny Willett – Odds To Win: 80/1
Our tournament winner odds are courtesy of William Hill, bet golf betting tips as well as fantastic odds here.
Keegan Bradley Good Value At 35/1
Keegan Bradley is another player who seems to have been undervalued by the bookies. He finished tied 4th at Firestone Country Club last year at 9 with consistent rounds of 68, 67, 67 and 69. If he can go low over the weekend and manoeuvre his way to the top stop, he'll be difficult to catch.