2016 WGC Bridgestone Invitational Betting Preview

There is a strong field of 60 players in Akron, Ohio, for the WGC Bridgestone Invitational this week and it promises to be a cracking four days of action at Firestone Country Club. Shane Lowry arrives as defending champion and the recent US Open runner-up will bid for back-to-back titles, albeit it is Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth who head the betting this time around...

  • Justin Rose has finished in the top-five in 3 of his last 4 visits to Firestone Country Club
  • Jim Furyk has finished in the top-ten at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational on 9 occasions

30th June - 3rd July Odds Won/Lost Bet

WGC Bridgestone Invitational
Justin Rose (each way)  
Best Bet
@ 25 / 1  
Jim Furyk (each way) @ 33 / 1  
Jason Dufner (each way) @ 45 / 1  

The Market Leaders

The tournament is taking place a month earlier than usual because of the Olympics and the bookmakers are struggling to choose a favourite, with Jason Day currently a marginal market leader. The world number one has won three of his last eight starts and the Australian will be hoping to improve on a previous best of tied 4th at Firestone, where he can be backed at 6/1 with Ladbrokes at the moment.

Dustin Johnson is a touch further back at 17/2 following his recent US Open win at Oakmont but he only has one top-fifteen finish to show from six visits to Ohio. Meanwhile, Jordan Spieth is a 10/1 shot and did top-ten here last year but we prefer to look at the bigger prices.

The First Pick

The in-form Brooks Koepka is a 22/1 shot following his tie for 6th on debut here last year and the American has been in good touch of late, going 2-2-13 in his last three starts, while 2011 winner Adam Scott is priced 25/1.

It is another 25/1 shot who takes our fancy though as Justin Rose looks like a real contender, if he has recovered fully from a recent back complaint. The Englishman has enjoyed the benefit of a rest while recovering from the injury and he can finally get a win that a season of consistency deserves, with the 35-year-old having finished in the top-twenty in seven of eleven starts this year.

Rose loves Firestone as he has five top-five finishes to show from his last eleven visits, including top-fives in three of the last four renewals, and he appears to have the tools to thrive on a course that demands distance off the tee and accuracy around the greens. Rose ranks 20th for driving distance and 5th for greens in regulation percentage on the PGA Tour this season.
Tip #1: Justin Rose (each way) @ 25/1 with Sky Bet.

The Best Of The Rest

Jim Furyk knows all about recovering from injury and he has hit the ground running since returning to the tour recently. The veteran American followed a tie for 2nd at the US Open with a tie for 21st at the Quicken Loans National and he will be relishing a visit to Firestone, where he is second in the all-time money list after securing nine top-tens during his career here.
Tip #2: Jim Furyk (each way) @ 33/1 with Coral.

Jason Dufner is another player who should enjoy the challenge in Ohio as he ranks 7th for GIR and this year's Career Builder Challenge has two top-tens from three visits to Firestone (7-4-66). The 2013 US PGA Championship winner arrives in form off the back of his tie for 8th at Oakmont and should be in the mix here.
Tip #3: Jason Dufner (each way) @ 45/1 with Unibet.

2016 WGC Bridgestone Invitational Odds