Wednesday, 4 August 2010

WGC Bridgestone Invitational 2010

Bank Balance after Irish Open +136.12 pts

The action returns to the USA this week(and next) where Tiger Woods normally just turns up and takes home the title and the cash! But its a funny old world and who would have thought 12 months ago that we would be looking at a different Tiger for the event this year ? Tiger has won 7 of the 10 events at Firestone and finished no worse then 4th in the other 3, so the argument is strong in support for Tiger's return to form may happen this week. However, if there had been better putting displays this year, then maybe, but to win the event I am not convinced. He should make top 10 though through experience and least we forget, he simply is the best golfer we have ever seen and could very well excel to quash the hopes of Westwood & Mickelson taking his Number One Status. The course is often advertised as one to need to have gained experience on for one to compete and win. That being the case none have greater form other than Tiger than Jim Furyk. Twice winner on tour this year and 6 top 10 finishes in the event, another top 10 finish last week suggests his game is in good shape and his game will definitely meet the "find fairways & green" strategy requirement this week. Ladbrokes are best priced at 40/1, great value of his calibre and Firestone form.
Last weeks winner in Killarney, Ross Fisher, put up by this blog, could also go well again this week but I dont tend to go for back-to-back winners so on that basis alone I will standaside. The runner-up though, Padraig Harrington showed his game is in good nick and relished the challenge in front of his home crowd and will be excited about this week and next week's PGA Championship and he too has good form here, Ladbrokes again are best priced 25/1 on the Dubliner prevailing which represent value also.
I am a big fan of Martin Kaymer, but until recently was not certain about his US form but his top 10 US Open finish has changed my opinion and he will take a lot of confidence from the phenomonal success of Europeans in the US this year and he will also be looking forward to the next 2 events, he is well rested having not played since St. Andrews , Paddypower are best priced @ 45/1

As the bank increased again last week, a small investment is being made on Stuart Appleby to finish in the top 10 at Firestone. The Aussie wont let his incredible 59 last Sunday get in the way and his temperamant should compliment the increased confidence in his own game for this week, 7/1 Paddypower is great value for top 10 finish in the 80 man field.

WGC Bridgestone Invitational Selections:

1 pt e/w J.Furyk @ 40/1
1 pt e/w P.Harrington @ 25/1
1 pt e/w M.Kaymer @ 45/1
1 pt Top 10 Finish S.Appleby @ 7/1

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