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Johnson Favored on Bridgestone Invitational Odds

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Dustin Johnson will be looking to build on an impressive performance in his victory at last week’s RBC Canadian Open when he returns to action on Thursday at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational as a strong +700 favorite on the Bridgestone Invitational betting odds.

Johnson picked up his third victory of the season last weekend while shooting a score of minus-23, earning the win as +600 chalk and solidifying his perch atop the Official World Golf Ranking going into first-round action at the 20th edition of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.

Last weekend’s victory also marked a major turnaround for the 34-year-old American after he missed the cut at The Open Championship two weeks ago as a +1200 favorite. But Johnson has otherwise been a fixture at or near the top of the leaderboard at recent PGA Tour events, posting top-10 finishes in four of his past five outings, including a victory at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, again favored with +650 odds.

A familiar list of top golfers follow Johnson on the odds to win the Bridgestone Invitational. Tiger Woods is joined by Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose at +1200, ahead of Jordan Spieth at +1800, while Rickie Fowler sits knotted with Justin Thomas at +2000.

Woods returns to Akron for the first time since 2014 looking for a record ninth career victory in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. The 42-year-old legend last claimed victory in 2013, and has posted wins of a margin of seven or more strokes on three occasions. Woods has also shown steady improvement in his first season on the PGA Tour since 2015, recording five top-10 finishes, capped by a solid sixth-place performance at The Open Championship as a +2200 bet.

 

McIlroy Coming off Second Place in Scotland

McIlroy has one career victory at this event to his credit, back in 2014, and returns to North America on a high following his second-place finish at The Open Championship while sporting +1600 odds. However, the Northern Irishman has earned just one victory on the PGA Tour this season, paying out on +1400 odds with his win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and has missed the cut in two of his past six outings.

Rose finished alongside McIlroy in second place at Carnoustie, marking his fourth top-three finish this year, and enters the tournament as the only golfer currently capable of catching Johnson for top spot on the world rankings. However, he has failed to crack the Top 40 in his past two appearances at this event.

A disappointing final round of 76 dumped Spieth into a tie for ninth place as a +2200 bet at The Open Championship, which also represents his lone top-10 finish since the Masters. Fowler has also turned in shaky results of late, with his best finish since the Masters coming at the Memorial Tournament, where he finished eighth, while Thomas looks to bounce back after missing the cut at Carnoustie.

Further down the Bridgestone Invitational odds, Jason Day is pegged at +2200, ahead of a trio of golfers deadlocked at +2500 including Tommy Fleetwood, Jon Rahm, and Open Championship winner Francesco Molinari, with two-time defending US Open champion Brooks Koepka at +2800, while Swedes Henrik Stenson and Alex Noren are at +3500 odds.

 

*Odds as of August 1, 2018

 

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