Tiger Woods once again leads the headlines this week as the Tour makes its yearly stop in Akron, OH for the WGC Bridgestone Invitational, the site of Tiger’s last win some 5 years ago
Woods will share the course with some of the best golfers in the world, but his odds to win are quite short compared to a lot of big names.
Are the sportsbooks doing this just because they know he is such a fan favorite that people will bet on him regardless of the odds?
Either way, after a gutsy performance at Carnoustie this month, Tiger is at least a small threat to win in Akron.
With the Lebron buzz still lingering in Northeast Ohio this week, will Tiger Woods be inspired by another all-time great?
Or will we see world number one, statistical dominator, and betting favorite Dustin Johnson continue his hot play from last week’s win at the RBC Canadian Open in Ontario?
Let’s not become hyper-focused on these two guys as this week’s tournament features some top-notch PGA Tour talent including Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Jordan Spieth, and everyone’s favorite “Pastel Pompadour” Rickie Fowler.
BetOnline has been so very kind as to provide us with odds on this week’s Bridgestone Invitational winner as well as a prop on who will be leading after the first round to go along with some top 5 and top 10 finishing odds.
Let’s take a gander at these numbers, specify the odds with the highest value, and make some picks from there.
Odds to Win WGC Bridgestone Invitational
I spoke briefly about Dustin Johnson already. The man is on top of the golf world right now. In 2018 he has really separated himself from the rest of the golfers on tour.
If he is playing, he will in all likelihood be the betting favorite every time. He won here in 2016. He won last week. He can definitely win again.
I get it. He is one of the greatest golfers ever and undoubtedly the greatest of our generation, so you want to see him win.
As for the man from Northern Ireland, Rory McIlroy, I see him playing well this week. He outdueled Sergio Garcia 4 years ago at here to win.
Zach is playing better golf as of late, and Hideki is always dangerous winning tournaments when people tend to forget about him. Don’t be that guy and forget about the defending champ.
Bubba Watson is tied for the most wins on tour this year with Dustin Johnson with 3. At (+5000), you can’t deny the value you’re getting with my best good friend, Bubba.
Odds to be the Leader after the First Round
Looking at first round scoring stats, Henrik Stenson, Tony Finau, Patrick Cantlay, and Jon Rahm are ranked 6th thru 9th with average scores ranging from 69.1 to 69.33.
Henrik has been very consistent this year, so I love him here at (+3300). Including Finau and Cantlay into your pool won’t hurt too bad as only a small investment is needed since these guys are (+4000) and (+5000), respectively.
Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose, and Webb Simpson aren’t far at all behind the previous threesome as they are each tied for 11th in first round scoring with an average of 69.5.
Consider the value more than anything here, because picking a first-round winner is a longshot but if week after week we focus on value, we will come out ahead in the end.
Dustin Johnson leads the way as he seems to do more and more each week he decides to compete.
There are so many eyes on Tiger but will he have the eye…of the tiger?
The winner of worst joke of the month, right there!
Seriously, though, he will need to produce and maintain laser focus for 4 consecutive rounds of golf.
Some of the same physical attributes that could carry him in the past if he wasn’t playing as precise are the same ones ( big muscles) that guys like Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka are using to make the difference in their perspective games.
Tiger was the first physical specimen we had ever seen on the PGA Tour. He set the mold for many others to follow. The problem is those are the guys that are outplaying him every week now.
I would love to see Tiger get his first win in 5 years, but it’s been 5 years for a reason.
In the tournament winner and first-round leader bets, I like putting your money on the guys with some of the higher odds because you can’t deny their value.
PLACE YOUR BET
There are also several guys I really like to play the first round well. Henrik Stenson is probably the most consistent, though. So, I would include him in your spread of golfers you would like to see finish atop the leaderboard after Thursday.
Get online, get your bets locked up, and tune in to the WGC Bridgestone Invitational this week. It could be the last time we see Tiger Woods win a PGA Tour tournament or not.
You don’t want to miss this week, though, as many of the best golfers on the planet will be in action.