Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Dustin Johnson
- Dustin Johnson (7-1) is the clear betting favorite to win the 2018 WGC-Bridgestone at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.
- The favorites have thrived on this course: 13 of the 18 winners went off at 30-1 odds or less.
- Tiger Woods, who's won eight times at Firestone, is 12-1 to win his first PGA Tour event since 2013.
The PGA Tour heads to Firestone Country Club for the final time, as we get the last installment of the Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio.
The tournament is best known for Tiger Woods’ dominance. He’s won here eight times, and after his sixth-place finish in The Open Championship, he’s in great form looking for No. 9.
Woods opened at +1200, along with Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy. That trio sits behind only Dustin Johnson, who’s a +700 favorite after his dominating victory in Canada last week.
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Firestone is one of the most difficult stops on the tour schedule. It routinely produces winners in the low double digits or single digits under par. It’s long for a par 70 at 7,400 yards and puts the emphasis on ball-striking. Outside of Tiger winning about half the time, we’ve had Johnson, McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama, Adam Scott and Vijay Singh claim victories here.
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So my bets will focus on the players who thrive from tee to green, especially those with elite driving ability. Firestone has some deep rough, and it’s not a course where players will want to stray too far off track from the tee.
Let’s dig into the field as I try to highlight my 11th outright winner of the 2017-18 PGA Tour season.
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This has been a tournament for the stars. Favorites dominate Firestone like no other course: We’ve seen 13 of the 18 winners go off at less than +3000.