The Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone CC, playing at 7,400 yards long is 1 of the toughest courses the players will visit all year. Depending on the height of the rough, it can be almost unplayable. 2 years ago Woods was the only one to break par with players claiming that the rough was just unfair. Last year at the Bridgestone Invitational, it was a little fairer @ only 2" long but keeping the ball in play was still a MUST off the tee as the pin positions require hitting not only the fairways but the right part of the fairways. The greens roll faster than most on tour so it's pretty much an all round test of golf and the cream generally rise to the top.

-0.75 pts E/W Luke Donald W/O Woods @ 40/1 (general) Hitting some serious form, fairly accurate off the tee, good form at Firestone and one of the best putters around. Will win soon.

-0.75pts E/W Mahan W/O Woods @ 25/1(general) Top player starting to hit his best form of the season. Great driver and one of the most accurate with his irons and when the putter is hot, it's seriously hot.

-0.75pts E/W Z. Johnson W/O Woods @ 45/1 (general) You want placement from the tee? Not many more reliable than Zack. Good record here and great putter on fast greens. Having the best season of his career so far.

-0.75pts E/W Sean o' Hair W/O woods @ 50/1 (stanjames) One of the biggest young talents around missed the cut at the RBC and had last week off, hence the stupid price. Don't be surprised to see him contending on a course he likes.

-3.5pts Robert allenby top 20 finish @ 3/1(skybet) Horses for courses and there's no better suited to firestone than the talented Aussie ball striker. Don't see a win (although it wouldn't surprise me) but Allenby is a regular in the top 25 here and more of the same this week

1pt Charles Howell@ 8/1 and 1pt Cameron Beckman top 20 finish @ 8/1 (skybet, paddypower) Both are twice the price they should be and estimate is approx 40% that 1 will break into the top 20 meaning good value

-1.5pts Stuart appleby top 20 finish @ 3/1(skybet) Some decent current form, good record at WGC events and top 20 here last 2 years

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Last updated 14:47 on 5th august 2009

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