The Bridgestone Invitational
August 3-6, 2017 @ Firestone Country Club
Saturday & Sunday 2pm EST (CBS)
Bridgestone Invitational Golf Preview and Odds
The PGA Tour hits Akron Ohio for the Bridgestone Invitational. With a loaded field, this weekend will be must watch TV. Spieth, Johnson, Mcilroy, Fowler and Koepka all headline what should be a very competitive weekend. The field includes 33 of the top 35 in the FedExCup standings, an unsurprising turn out for a WGC event. Recent winners Bryson Dechambeauu (John Deere Classic) and Xander Schauffele (Greenbrier Classic) are among the eight men making their World Golf Championships debut.
Dustin Johnson won here a year ago after claiming his first Major. He shot a 66-66 weekend to overtake Jason Day for his third WGC triumph. Johnson trailed Day by three shots with six holes remaining before birdieing No. 13, 14 and 17. DJ became the first American born player to capture three WGC crowns in the same year in the process.
Jordan Spieth 8/1, Dustin Johnson 9/1 and Rory Mcilroy 10/1 enter as the top three Vegas favorites.
Bridgestone Invitational Golf Prediction
Picking a straight up winner is always tough in Golf as you never know who will play well and who won’t, even the best get cut from tournaments. That’s why it is important to pick a small group of golfers and bet on each individually. Here is who I like.
Jordan Spieth (8/1)
This is nowhere near a “sexy” pick but it makes sense. Spieth is coming off back to back a victories at The Open and The Travelers Championship. It would be an understatement to say Spieth is playing well. Although Spieth does not drive the ball like some of the other big hitters – he has the ability to make up in the mid range, an area that big hitters traditionally tend to struggle.
John Rahm (22/1)
The course at Firestone Country Club requires a player with the ability to drive the ball. John Rahm has a big club for this long course. At 22/1 his odds are a little higher than I originally expected. He is the picture perfect player for this course. He won the Farmers Insurance Open earlier in the year so he has done it before. He ranks 16th on tour in average drive distance @ 305.5 – he also ranks third in strokes gained off the tee with .987. Vamos John!
Charlie Hoffman (55/1)
Somehow, you have to look way down the list to find Hoffman at +5500. This is astonishing as Hoffman has been quietly (or not so quietly for you serious golf fans). Hoffman hasn’t broken the top 20 at Firestone but he has placed in the top 10 on three occasions since the U.S. Open, including a playoff loss a week ago at the Canadian Open. This is a great “longshot” pick even though Hoffman is not really a longshot.
Bridgestone Invitational Golf Proposition Bets
What makes golf tournaments fun on Thursday through Sunday is prop bets. They give you something to root for besides the players you pick to win. Here are some of the props I like for the Bridgestone Invitational.
Top European Player? & Top Continental European Player? John Rahm (+800) & (+350)
In this one, the only real person that could beat out Rahm is Rory Mcilroy. I do not like Mcilroy at this course. Although he played well at The Open he has struggled since he started using a new putter. He has also not played much on Tour this year. As stated earlier, Rahm has the perfect approach for the course.