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The 2014 PGA Championship is a week away, but golf fans are in for a real treat beginning this Thursday for a World Golf Championship event. The 2014 WGC Bridgestone Invitational from Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio will steal the show for the time being.
Of course, the Akron area has been a bit preoccupied with the return of the king. Maybe LeBron James will catch one of the rounds this week at Firestone?
If he does, he will get to see the majority of the top-ranked players in the world, including Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, and British Open champion Rory McIlroy.
Scott and McIlroy are the No.1 and No.2 ranked players in the world respectively, but let’s face it, Woods is still the main draw. But Woods hasn’t played a factor in either of the two tournaments he has played in since coming back from his back surgery. Woods missed the cut at Congressional, and faded over the course of the final three days at the Open Championship following a promising opening 69 to the tournament.
He is however, the defending champion.
There is no doubt that the brilliance is still there somewhere; it’s a matter of consistency at this point. That is what made Woods so great over the last 15 years. He is the most consistent golfer in the history of the sport. But trying to come back from an injury is a tall task, even for arguably the greatest to ever play.
The good news for Woods is that he comes to a course that he has a ton of success on. Woods has dominated the World Golf Championships over the course of his career, and Firestone sets up fantastic for him.
It’s not enough to install Woods as the favorite according to 2014 WGC Bridgestone Invitational betting lines found at Bovada Sportsbook. He is close though. The aforementioned top-ranked players in the world garner the top payouts in terms of the favorites. McIlroy tops the list, and that shouldn’t be a surprise given his recent play. McIlroy captured his third Major Championship and appears to have officially turned the corner on his way back from a difficult past 18 months. McIlroy has been set at 6/1 to win.
Scott comes next at 10/1, and it’s hard to imagine him not contending this week. Scott is probably the best ball striker on the PGA Tour. He has been improving putting as well, and he has won on Firestone before back in 2011.
Woods rounds out the top-three favorites. This is purely based on his history here. Woods won last year, which was his eighth victory in the tournament. He will have to show something he has not shown in his comeback if he is going to defeat a field that is this deep. Essentially, this is a Major Championship worthy field, and that’s the point of the World Golf Championships.
The names will be there this week. Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer, Matt Kuchar, Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, and more will be on hand.
For the full set of 2014 WGC Bridgestone Invitational lines, LatestBettingOdds.com has the live payouts below that will last through the final round.
2014 WGC Bridgestone Invitational Live Lines!