The PGA tour heads to Akron, Ohio this coming Thursday through Sunday, August 3-6, as some of the world’s best players take part in the 2017 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. They will be playing on the Firestone South Course, a 7,400-yard Par 70 that will prove to be a major challenge.
Dustin Johnson pulled off a nice double last year, winning the US Open and then following it up with a win at this event, and he will be back to defend his crown. It’s an amazing field of players that are going to be in Ohio this weekend, though, and picking a winner is going to be tough. Let’s take a moment to look at some of the tournament favorites, and I will also make my pick for the winner.
Analyzing The 2017 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational Analysis
Jordan Spieth Bridgestone Invitational Betting Odds (+650)
Jordan Spieth is coming off another major win at the British Open, which was enough to take him into first place in the FedEx Cup standings. He is in magnificent form right now, winning the last two tournaments that he has appeared in, with the Travelers being the other one. Spieth is the man to beat right now, but winning 3 tournaments in a row, especially against such a strong field, feels like a bit of a longshot to me. I am looking elsewhere for the winner.
Dustin Johnson Bridgestone Invitational Betting Odds (+750)
It’s not very often that we don’t see the world’s number one player in as the favorite. The fact that Johnson is playing second fiddle in the eyes of the bookies this week gives you an idea of just how good Spieth has been of late. It’s obvious that Johnson likes this tournament, as he is the defending champion, but results have not been going his way of late. Will this be the tournament where he gets back to winning ways? I don’t believe so.
Rory McIlroy Bridgestone Invitational Betting Odds (+800)
This week got off to a bit of a rough start for the Irishman, as he decided to fire long time caddie J.P. Fitzgerald. While much was made of this decision, I don’t really believe that it’s something we should read into too deeply. Players change caddies all the time, and Rory McIlroy may just have felt the need for a little change. I think he will have a good weekend, and I like him to land in the top 5, but not at the top of the leaderboard.
Rickie Fowler Bridgestone Invitational Betting Odds (+1500)
Here we are at the 4th favorite for the Bridgestone Invitational this weekend and we have still not come upon my predicted winner. That should tell you that I am looking at a player with some longish odds this week, and I will get to that pick in a moment. Rickie Fowler has 1 win and 7 Top 10 finishes this season, and I expect him to be up among the leaders on Sunday.
Brooks Koepka Bridgestone Invitational Betting Odds (+1300)
Every golfer on the Tour has an event or a course that they always seem to do well at, and this one would be it for Justin Rose. He has not played particularly well of late, but always seems to bring his A-game to Firestone. Rose has landed in the top 5 in 3 of his last 4 appearances here, and this may well be the tournament that snaps him out of his current funk. I’m going with Justin Rose to win, as I like his chances, and really love the betting odds.