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This week sees the return of the World Golf Championship (WGC) at one of the most iconic golf courses on the US Tour, The Firestone Country Club, in Akron, Ohio has a long history having hosted PGA Tour events for over five decades. The South Course with its great views of the Firestone water tower provides a challenging, test.
Harvey Firestone, founder of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, established the Firestone Country Club in the late 1920s as a park for his employees. Bert Way designed the original layout back in 1929, it has since had a redesign by Robert Trent Jones in 1960. It’s a tough track at 7,400 yards with two halves of 35 making a par 70.
Tiger Woods has won this event an incredible seven times since is original inception as the WGC NEC Invitational back in 1999. The course it’s self seems to have a marmite effect on visiting golfers, the handicapped golfer seems to find the layout tedious with many of the holes running long parallel to each other, with its narrow tree lined fairways. While on the other hand the professionals seem to find it an honest and demanding test of their abilities.
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My tips to Win:
Past champion Rory McIlroy 14/1 – with BlackTie – will want to add to his solitary win on the PGA Tour this year and what better place to do it, Rory has only been outside the Top 10 twice in all the times he has teed it up in this event and apart from that win he has four Top 10s which includes two Top 5s and I make him the man to beat this week.
But one person who will run him close will be Ryder Cup team mate Justin Rose 14/1 – with SportingBet – who like Rory had a runner-up finish at The Open Championship. Justin doesn’t have a win in this event but does have a runner-up and four other Top 5 finishes and I fill this could be Justin’s year to finally get his hands on that trophy.
You may not have noticed but I have gone for players who have had a week’s rest after the Open Championship and Jon Rahm 28/1 – with BlackTie – is another player that didn’t compete last week and I feel he will come back strong this week. I do think Jon puts a lot of pressure on himself in the majors at the moment and just wants to get that first win out of the way, but I think that anxiety could just be getting in his way. Rahm does seem more relaxed in the WGC events and has had better results and I fancy him to be in the thick of things come Sunday.
US Open Champion Brooks Koepka 30/1 – with SportingBet – finished in sixth place here the first time he teed it up and followed that up with a seventeenth-place last year, which was his second time competing over the Firestone Country Club track. Like Rahm, Brooks will be disappointed with his Open Championship performance and after a week’s rest and contemplation on his strategy that week, I think he will be challenging again this week.
A runner-up at The Open Championship, a runner-up at The Players and a Top 6 at the US Open Championship shows Xander Schauffele 45/1 – with BlackTie – has certainly come of age quickly in the biggest tournaments of the year. Xander gave us a taste of what is on the horizon when he won the Tour Championship last year in his first full season on the PGA Tour. Schauffele played well here last year and with the belief he has found over the last couple of weeks I think these are great odds.
I can’t believe Thorbjørn Olesen 120/1 – with BlackTie – is this far down the betting odds and I suggest you move quickly. Thorbjørn is having a great year, but currently sits outside of the European Ryder Cup team’s automatic selection. I did tip Thorbjørn at The Open Championship where he had a twelfth-place finish but he does have a win and a runner-up finish in his last six starts and with a Top 10 here last year, when he fired a final round 65 to move up the leaderboard, he will fancy his chances this week to cement a place on the team.
Try Alexander Bjork 300/1 with SkyBet
As always good luck
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