Andrew Hughes’ WGC Bridgestone Invitational 2013 form guide highlights who to back and who not to back in this year’s tournament at Firestone!
Matt Kuchar @ 20/1
Lee Westwood @ 28/1
Steve Stricker @ 28/1
If you’re looking for in-form golfers to back ahead of the WGC Bridgestone Invitational, then top of the list is Phil Mickelson, who has scored top-three finishes in his last six tournaments, culminating in his British Open triumph.
Brandt Snedeker is also in good nick, following up a top ten finish at Muirfield by winning the Canadian Open last week, and the runner-up at Glen Abbey, Matt Kuchar was coming off a solid fifteenth in Scotland. Henrik Stenson is the pick of the in-form Europeans, his second at Muirfield coming after a third at the Scottish Open.
Rory McIlroy remains on the cold list after a disastrous missed cut at Muirfield which followed poor efforts at the US Open and the Irish Open. Bubba Watson is also struggling for form at the moment, failing to crack the top twenty in his last three events and the normally consistent Luke Donald is enduring a poor run after his top ten finish at the US Open, missing the cut in the British and Canadian Opens.
With seven wins in thirteen visits to Firestone, no-one can match Tiger Woods’ efforts in this tournament. Lee Westwood also has a good record in Ohio, with three top ten finishes in his last four appearances. Steve Stricker can go one better than Westwood, recording four top-ten finishes in five years, including consecutive runner-up spots in 2011 and 2012.
There are a few players currently in the top twenty of the antepost betting who might not be relishing their return to Firestone. Masters winner Adam Scott has played there nine times, but has finished outside the top thirty on seven occasions. The normally consistent Brandt Snedeker has done no better than a thirty-third place finish in three visits. Another former Masters winner, Charl Schwartzel, has a best of twenty-fourth in four attempts, and Graeme McDowell has the worst record of those prominent in the betting, having failed to crack the top twenty in seven attempts.
Of those in good form at the moment, Phil Mickelson, Henrik Stenson and Brandt Snedeker have poor recent records at Firestone, and whilst Tiger Woods is a strong favourite, following his return to action with a sixth at the British Open, his antepost odds of 4/1 are not particularly exciting for such a competitive event.
At bigger prices, I like the look of Matt Kuchar, Lee Westwood and Steve Stricker. Kuchar is on a run of good form, and has two top ten finishes in three visits to Firestone. Westwood suffered more Major disappointment at Muirfield, but he’s in good touch at the moment, and Stricker, who has an excellent recent record at Firestone, has made the top ten in each of his last two tournaments.