WGC Bridestone Invitational
Long and accurate hitters tend to be favoured at the tough, tree-lined Firestone course. A strong field comprising mainly Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup players along with this year’s winners on the respective tours line up this week.
OUTRIGHT: Adam Scott, 0.5 pts win and place 12/1 (1/4 odds 5 places)
Scott very much deserves to be regarded as one of the main contenders this week. On the back of a promising display in The Open two weeks ago, where he finished tied fifth, he is very much the big event form player in the field with a game that looks made for the course with his excellent total driving and GIR stats. His record here with top tens in 2006 and 2010, a win in 2011 as well as a tied fourteenth last year back up these stats.
OUTRIGHT: Hideki Matsuyama, 0.5 pts win and place 50/1
Matsuyama has not yet established any great record here but that may change soon. Having already won The Memorial on a somewhat similar course his long hitting, accurate game may well see him double his winning total this season.
PGA Tour: Barracuda Championships
The Jack Nicklaus designed Montreux club has hosted this event since its inception. Though quite long in terms of yardage it plays much shorter due to the rarified air and shorter hitters have a surprisingly good record here. This event competes directly with The Bridgestone WGC event in Ohio so the field is correspondingly weak. The scoring has been changed to a modified stableford system which will suit aggressive players who can shoot many birdies and eagles.
OUTRIGHT: Johnson Wagner, 0.5 pts win and place 50/1 (1/4 odds 5 places)
Wagner has had a miserable 2014 season blighted by injury. But there are some recent green shoots of recovery in his play with three cuts made from his last three outings including a top ten at the John Deere Classic three weeks ago. His birdie average is good so he is well worth noting especially on the back of his top ten finish here last year