As we approach the final major of the year as well as playoff time for the FedEx Cup, there are still a few big tournaments left, this week being one of them. This week’s WGC Bridgestone Invitational features the top 50 ranked golfers in the world, #50 being Tiger Woods which will make it a lot more exciting to watch. Tiger was able to be stay in the mix at the British Open, although he didn’t win it looks as though it’s only a matter of time before he hoists another trophy. This is a week where there may not be a lot of value, since the field is much smaller players who are typically 100/1 could now be 50/1, however I have found a few players who stick out. With that being said, let’s get right into my picks for this week’s WGC Bridgestone Invitational!
Hideki Matsuyama – 40/1
May as well point of the obvious, I will be targeting this range of players, they offer plenty of value and these are guys who are able to compete with the top players in the world. Starting off with Hideki, I know he isn’t in the best form right now and coming off a missed cut at the British Open isn’t the most appealing. However, he has won two WGC events in his career with one being a win here last year. He has shown that he can compete with the best in the world, so I will take my chances and hope he uses his success at this course to his advantage this week.
Xander Schauffele – 50/1
Schauffele almost pulled it off at the British Open finishing in a tie for 2nd, he showed everyone that he can compete with the best. As a sophomore, Schauffele has had some great showings being a T2 at both the US open and Players Championship, and has a couple top 20’s at the two WGC events earlier this year. As a rookie, Schauffele finished 10th at this tournament last year. I expect him to contend in a tough field, which he is certainly capable of.
Tony Finau – 50/1
I really like Finau’s game, he is long off the tee which sets up well for this course, hopefully he can convert some putts! Like the others, Finau has shown that he can compete in a tough field, he has been able to finish in the top 10 in all three majors this year. His only career win came in a tournament in Puerto Rico, a win this week would sure put him on the map, if he wasn’t on it already.
Patrick Reed – 50/1
When he isn’t yelling at the camera crew for jiggling change in their pocket, he is playing the best golf of his career. The Masters winner also has a 5th place showing this year at the US Open, and has been in contention a lot this year. As long as he doesn’t get into a scrap with a camera crew this week, I can see him in contention on Sunday.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat – 200/1
Wouldn’t be a complete list without including a longshot. Although Aphibarnrat has stalled a bit after his hot start to the season, where he posted top 5 placings at the first two WGC events, I like what he showed us in a strong field. Not much else to say here, but definitely a few shares on him wouldn’t hurt.
As always, these are my own personal picks for this week’s tournament. I am by no means a betting expert but I thought it would be nice to share my insight on this week’s event. I will never include favourites in my picks (sorry Tiger), but I would love to see him pull it off this week!
*Odds are provided by Bodog as of July 30th, 2018*