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 on Bovada, 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.