While many golfers and golf betting fans will be looking ahead to the PGA Championship in a couple of weeks, others will be looking to sharpen up their game in the two tournaments still to be played before the final major of the year. The fun begins this Thursday when the PGA Tour heads to Akron, Ohio for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
Inside Scoop at the 2015 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational Golf Betting Preview and Event
Dates: Thursday, Aug 6 – Sunday, Aug 9, 2015
Location: Akron, OH
JORDAN SPIETH +450
DUSTIN JOHNSON +1100
JASON DAY +1200
JUSTIN ROSE +1400
ADAM SCOTT +1400
RICKIE FOWLER +1400
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 5, 2015
The tournament will be played on the 7,400 yard Par 70 Firestone Country Club course, and will feature the top 70 players in the world. The winner of the event will walk away with a cool $1.57 million, which is more than enough incentive for anyone. There will be a pair of notable absences here, as Rory Mcilroy is still out injured, and Tiger Woods, who has won this event 8 times, but failed to qualify, will not be in attendance.
There are still plenty of great golfers on display, though, and there is sure to be a lot of attention on the two guys who have won the 3 majors this season: Jordan Spieth (Masters, US Open) and Zach Johnson (British Open). This will be the first time that both golfers have appeared in the same tournament since The Open, so expect them to draw the most followers as they make their way around the course.
Dustin Johnson will be chasing a little bit of history this weekend, as he looks to become the first man to win two WGC events in the same year. He has already won the WGC-Cadillac Championship this season. Jason Day will be making his first start since winning the RBC Canadian Open, and will be hoping for better luck at this event, as he was forced to withdraw last year after suffering from vertigo.
All of the aforementioned players have a legitimate shot at winning this tournament, but I think the winner might be a little more of a longshot. Rickie Fowler is in a rich vein of form right now, and has always performed well at the Bridgestone. That might just be the combination required to have him hoisting the trophy on Sunday afternoon.