The PGA Tour starts to sizzle this time of year with the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and PGA Championship in consecutive weeks. This week it is the very prestigious and lucrative WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, played at the 7, 400 yards, par 70, Firestone Country Club. This weeks course was redesigned by Robert Trent Jones Senior back in 1960, and in true Trent Jones style, he added 50 bunkers and 2 ponds. Dubbed the ‘Monster’ by Arnold Palmer after the first PGA Championship was played there, because of the length and difficulty, gives you some indication of the test awaiting these players. Especially if one of the longest hitters to play the game refers to it as that. Last years champion Rory Mcilroy is still out injured but has booked a practice round at Whistling Straits for this coming Saturday which seems to suggest the Norther Irishman will indeed play in the years last major next week. Jordan Speith will then have the door open for him to become the planets finest golfer as a win this week will take him to the top of the world rankings.
Louis Oosthuizen (+2800 BetOnline.ag)
Louis Oosthuizen has enjoyed a great season, notably finishing second in two consecutive majors. For a man with a slight build he hits the ball as far as any of the bombers on the tour. Oosthuizens swing should allow him to win every week really, his tempo and rhythm are as pure as it gets. Length off the tee and accurate long irons into small greens will be required to come out victorious at Firestone Country Club. Oosthuizen has these requirements in his arsenal, if that cross handed putting enables him to fire then he will be one to watch and will threaten from day one.
Dustin Johnson (+2000 BetOnline.ag)
The big hitting Johnson took an indefinite leave of absence before this event last year. Refreshed and back on the tour, Johnson has already won a WGC event his year at Doral in March. He has been in great form this season and seems to be due another win. There has been sufficient evidence to suggest Dustin Johnson has found his confidence and swing again. Every time he tees it up he looks like he could win and will have a great chance at Firestone Country Club, blessed with an ability to hit the ball 350 yards most times means he will have a really good chance of winning his second WGC title this year.
Danny Willett (+5000 BetOnline.ag)
The Sheffield born golfer won the Omega European Masters 2 weeks ago in Switzerland and is enjoying the form of his life. Willett won the Million Dollar Nedbank Golf Challenge in December and since then has gone onto win more money this season than any season before. Willett is coming into this weeks tournament with all the desired skills needed to negotiate this ‘monster’ of a golf course, he has loads of power off the tee and has turned into one of the best putters on the European Tour. Combine that with his tremendous form and Danny Willett becomes a very real contender for finishing on top of the pile this week.
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Arnold Palmer • Danny Willet • Dustin Johnson • European Tour • Firestone Country Club • Jordan Speith • Louis Oosthuizen • Nedbank Golf Challenge • PGA Championship • Robert Trent Jones • Rory Mcilroy • WGC-Bridgestone Invitational • Whistling Straits