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Michael Taylor 4th Aug 2009 - 22:22

Tiger looks unbeatable at Firestone

Tiger Woods rubbished reports of a crisis as he cruised to victory in last week's Buick and now he looks a dead cert at 6/4 to dominate again at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

So many doubters couldn't wait to write off Tiger's future title hopes after a woeful performance in the Open at Turnberry, yet a second round 63 at Warwick Hills blew away all criticism - not to mention a strong Buick Open field.

Now, back on top form and at a course where he has thrived in the past, it could take a miracle to beat the world number one despite the presence of the very crème-de-la-crème of world golf turning out in Ohio.

Tiger has ripped the Firestone Country Club to pieces six times over the past ten years, including setting a tournament four day low of 259 (-21) back in 2000 - all the more impressive when you consider Firestone isn't traditionally a course that allows for really low scores.

The South Course should provide a good test for the 75 strong field, with the emphasis firmly being placed on accuracy rather than length off the tee.

The par fives will offer birdie opportunities all week but some of the bunker protected par threes or narrow par fours will be where the tournament is won and lost.

With this in mind you have to believe the consistently accurate Jim Furyk could enjoy a prosperous week and at 25/1 he could provide faithful punters with a good return come Sunday evening.

Furyk comes into the week fourth in scoring average, second in top ten finishes and fifth in scrambling in the PGA stats - more than enough to convince me that the steady Floridian is poised for another solid tournament.

If backers are willing to anxiously sit through Furyk's methodical and precise approach to golf then they should be rewarded with a good run for their money at the very least.

The same can also be said for shock Open winner Stuart Cink.

Cink may have been one of the more unpopular Major winners of all time after pipping Tom Watson to the Open title but if he maintains the type of golf he managed at Turnberry then he'll prove very popular at the Bridgestone.

In Scotland Cink did everything that was needed; keeping the ball on the fairway and hitting greens in regulation.

If he can match this in his first start since winning the Claret Jug then 45/1 looks like the bargain of the day.

The final entrant taking my fancy, for the umpteenth time this season, is 35/1 shot Anthony Kim.

Kim came oh so close to massively rewarding my faith with a third place finish in the recent AT&T National - a result that didn't even come close to justifying how well he played over the first three days.

But then that has been his big problem of late; poor final days costing him championships.

Out of the last eleven final rounds he has played this season he has only broken par three times, thus he has yet to take his PGA Tour victories number above the two he won in 2008.

The fact that the youngster makes tonnes of birdies and sinks loads of putts cannot be overlooked though - just one good final round and the wait for a big payout will all have been worth it.

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