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Rupert Wyman 4th Aug 2010 - 12:00

Tiger to putt the poor form behind him!

The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational is the third of the World Golf Championships and it will head to the Firestone Country Club for the 11th time.

Qualification for the event has changed allowing for a large field but in the past it was a limited field only open to members of previous Ryder Cup and President's Cup team members.

Tiger Woods in the outright jolly and he will be looking to put a poor 2010 behind him with a return to form this week.  He has won this event seven times and if his mind is right, at 9/2 he can once again catch the eye.

He will need to be on-form if he is going to keep his spot as the world number one, he has been most successful at this tournament and he has never finished worst than tied fourth, 9/2 could seem a massive price on Thursday night if he shows glimpses of his course form in the opening round.

His putting has been a major problem this season and not only is his spot as world number one under threat from Mickelson (12/1) and Westwood (12/1) but he is not guaranteed a place in the Ryder Cup team. He would definitely be embarrassed if the Captain Corey Pavin, chose him as his wild card pick.

Steve Stricker is priced at 28/1, he has to be of each-way interest because of his form at the Firestone Country Club. It is worth ignoring his standing at the Open Championship because links' golf courses are not his forte and he has won recently at the John Deere Classic, where he shot a career-low sixty in the first round.

Harrington (16/1) could make amends for his failure to win the 3 Irish Open with a victory at Firestone this week. He carded a final round 64 to finish second at the 3 Irish Open and he tied for second at Firestone last year, so he has course form.

Lee Westwood (12/1) is often in contention in the big name championships, he was ninth last year and was runner-up two years ago and knows it could only be a short matter of time before he is world number one!

The course is 7400 yards, so it will appeal to the big-hitters and the likes of Quiros (70/1) and Dustin Johnson (50/1) will be licking their lips at the chance of dominating the fairways.  They will have an advantage and Quiros is in good form. He tied for eleventh at St.Andrews and he has the complete game!

He is an accurate player and has proved he can handle tight American fairways. Dustin Johnson is on-course for a Ryder Cup debut in October and has progressed well in the previous few years, if he can improve his consistency, he could be a real threat at Firestone.

Furyk (35/1) has earned six top-10s in his career at Firestone. He has won twice on tour this year and will be desperate to finally grab that win at Firestone. He has not been the most consistent of players this season and mixed wins with missed cuts but he definitely has the confidence and course knowledge to go all the way this week.

The list of previous champions is very impressive and although underdogs have won the event in the past, I think one of the marquee players should end up champion come Sunday night and with Lee Westwood on the brink of topping Tiger Woods as world number one, now rested and injury free, he should be mentally ready to become the champ.



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