DJ, What Do You Want To Do This Week, Golf Betting-Wise
Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
The same golf betting thing Dustin Johnson does every week; that is, try to conquer the world. More specifically, the 2017 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational – to be held August 3rd-6th on the South Course of Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. DJ finished tied for 8th place at the RBC Canadian Open, which after missing two straight cuts and finishing T54 in the Open Championship, could be construed as a return to form for the World No. 1. Additionally, Johnson is the first player to win each of the four World Golf Championship events – only Tiger Woods has won more – and is unsurprisingly the defending WGC-Bridgestone Invitational champion. Moreover, two of his three wins this season have been World Golf Championships and he could become the first player in history to win three WGC events in the same year.
Spieth’s win in the British Open made him the second player in history after Jack Nicklaus to win three of the four golf major tournaments before turning 24. Spieth defeated Matt Kuchar by three strokes for his third win of the year – and second straight following a victory at the Travelers Championship. Spieth has two top-10 finishes in his last three outings at the WGC Bridgestone, and finished tied for 3rd place in 2016. Spieth currently leads in points (2,579), scoring average (69.08), and top 10 finishes (eight).
Kuch’s T32 finish at the Canadian Open ended his streak of six straight starts not finishing worst than T16 – including tying for 4th place in the Memorial Tournament and the Scottish Open, and a solo second at the Open Championship. As people who bet on golf can see, there is a lot to like about Matt Kuchar, golf betting-wise, and in good theory it should be only a matter of time before he gets his first win on the PGA Tour since 2015. Furthermore, Kuchar has three top 10 finishes in his last seven appearances at Firestone Country Club.
Similar to DJ, Wee Mac finally decided to play some golf and finished tied for 4th place in the British Open, his first top 10 finish since the Masters Tournament and first top 5 since The Arnold Palmer Invitational. Rors won the 2014 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, where he defeated Sergio Garcia by two strokes, in what was his last start at this event up until now. The Northern Irishman placed T9 in 2010, T6 in 2011, and T5 in 2012.
Lefty was the runner-up in the first ever WGC-Bridgestone (then known as the WGC-NEC Invitational), losing to Tiger Woods in 1999 for the first of four straight top 10 finishes in his tourney. That’s as close as Micks has gotten to winning this event, which hasn’t finished better than T21 since 2009. However, the veteran has not given up hope of becoming the fourth golfer in PGA Tour history with three or more World Golf Championships victories. All things considered, a classic example of a golf betting long shot.