Monday, August 5

PGA Favorite Tiger Woods Never Tires of Bridgestone

Tiger Woods (McAlpine)
DID YOU CATCH THAT? TIGER NEVER "tires" of Bridgestone (as in Bridgestone Invitational). You know, Bridgestone tires. Yes, GROAN. That was bad. A real smelly one.

There's more than a slight tread of truth in the stupid headline, though.

Tiger actually never does tire of playing and winning at Akron's Firestone Country Club. Woods peeled out (sorry) and away from the field with a second-round 61. After Sunday's cruise (sorry) to a seven-shot victory, Woods notched his eighth win at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. That's a lot of traction (sorry) at one tournament.

Sam Snead is the only PGA Tour player besides Tiger to win eight times at one event. (Snead owned the Greater Greensboro Open.)

Tiger's 79th PGA Tour victory moves him within three of Snead's all-time wins record of 82. Now Woods looks ahead to this week's PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club, where he'll be the favorite despite a five-year major wins drought.

"Do I want it any more?" Tiger said.

"No, it's the same. Each and every major, I always want them. I've been successful 14 times, and hopefully next week will be 15."

Following are the current odds for the year's final major, courtesy of Bovada.

PGA Championship - Outright Winner

Tiger Woods 7/2
Phil Mickelson 12/1
Adam Scott 18/1
Brandt Snedeker 25/1
Henrik Stenson 25/1
Justin Rose 25/1
Lee Westwood 28/1
Rory McIlroy 28/1
Charl Schwartzel 33/1
Dustin Johnson 33/1
Hunter Mahan 33/1
Keegan Bradley 33/1
Luke Donald 33/1
Matt Kuchar 33/1
Graeme McDowell 40/1
Jason Day 40/1
Jason Dufner 40/1
Sergio Garcia 40/1
Bill Haas 50/1
Bubba Watson 50/1
Ian Poulter 50/1
Rickie Fowler 50/1
Steve Stricker 50/1
Zach Johnson 50/1
Ernie Els 66/1
Jim Furyk 66/1
Martin Kaymer 66/1
Webb Simpson 66/1
Angel Cabrera 80/1
Hideki Matsuyama 80/1
Jordan Spieth 80/1
Billy Horschel 100/1
Francesco Molinari 100/1
Matteo Manassero 100/1
Nick Watney 100/1
Nicolas Colsaerts 100/1
Paul Casey 100/1
Ryan Moore 100/1

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Armchair Golf, I watched Tiger's performance & wasn't impressed with his performance, particularly on sunday....his putting on 8-12ft birdie putts were pitiful with no one challenging.

The story could have been very different with someone within 2 of Tiger's lead on sunday...

But we will see.