At a bigger price, US Open champion Lucas Glover also looks well suited to Firestone having finished 4th in 2006. Similarly the joint runners-up behind Woods in 2007, Justin Rose and Rory Sabbatini, both take the eye at big prices.
 
Instead though, I must have an investment on the man with the best Firestone record of anyone bar Woods; DAVIS LOVE. He hasn’t finished outside the top-15 on this track for well over a decade, and made the top-6 on five of his last six appearances here despite the fact that his game has generally been in decline throughout that period. As 5th place in the recent Memorial Tournament illustrates, Love is still capable at this level. Indeed it’s only nine months since his last PGA Tour title, and he also finished runner-up in the opening event of 2009.
 
Good Luck!
 
ADVISED BETS
 
WGC-BRIDGESTONE INVITATIONAL
 
12pts TIGER WOODS @ 2.75 (GENERAL)
 
BETTING WITHOUT WOODS
 
2.5pts ew JIM FURYK @ 20/1 (GENERAL, 22/1 STAN JAMES)
2pts ew HUNTER MAHAN @ 25/1 (GENERAL)
2pts ew PAUL CASEY @ 28/1 (SKYBET, EXPEKT)
1.5pts ew CAMILO VILLEGAS @ 40/1 (GENERAL, 45/1 BLUESQ)
1pt ew DAVIS LOVE @ 50/1 (SKYBET, BET365)
 
LONG-TERM ALREADY ADVISED

RACE TO DUBAI

2.5pts ew ROSS FISHER @ 20/1
2.5pts ew PAUL CASEY @ 20/1
6pts win PAUL CASEY @ 8/1
1.5pts ew OLIVER WILSON @ 33/1

2008/2009 STATS: -107pts
2007/2008 STATS: +618pts

Where next?

Fergus Bisset: WGC – Bridgestone Invitational Preview
Industry news: PING Collection announce Autumn / Winter 2009 golf clothing range
Amateur news: Luke Goddard becomes English champion