Expert Picks: WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
This week sees the return of World Golf Championships to the schedule. The best players in the world all head to Akron, Ohio for the WGC Bridgestone Invitational. This is an incredibly import week for many players looking to get into their respective Ryder Cup teams. Who would have thought Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson would be in this position when the season started! The tournament also sees the return of Rory McIlroy after his majestic Open Championship victory, can he follow it up? We look for our top tips this week, and we hope they can be as accurate as last week’s winner Tim Clark!
Australian Marc Leishman is having yet another solid year on the PGA tour. The man from Warrnambool, has racked up 5 top 10 finishes include a T2 at the Farmers Insurance Open, and his most recent start T5 at the Open Championship. He currently sits in a nice position heading into the FedEx Cup finals at 39th positon, this is thanks to a solid all round ranking of 16th on the PGA Tour. At 66/1 he offers good value, and usually plays very solid golf when the fields are as strong as they are this week.
Recent birthday boy Jordan Speith heads into the week a year older and a year wiser on the PGA tour. Now only 21 years of age, Speith has already got a PGA tour title under his belt, 16 top 10 finishes, and most likely a certain lock in for the Ryder Cup. This year he ranks 6th in the Fedex Cup standings, but is without a win yet. He ranks 9th on tour for scoring average, and 7th for scrambling. Having not won a high profile tour event in his career yet, we feel that he has a great chance of doing that this week, and at 33/1 he offers a good price.
Charl Schwartzel spends a lot of time between different tours, but yet has already managed 4 top 10’s in just 13 starts on the PGA tour. He ranks 21st on tour for all around ranking, and 9th for Birdie average. In his last major the Open Championship, he shot a final round 67 to finish T7, and will take lots of confidence from that into this week. Without a win this season on any tour, this could be his week, and at 50/1 he offers great value for a player in the top 25 of the world.