WGC-Bridgestone Invitational 2013 odds: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson favored at Firestone

Stuart Franklin

There's another loaded field in Akron this week, where the world's best will contend for a WGC title but also prep for the season's final major.

As you would expect for a WGC event, a loaded field full of all the top golfers in the world will play at Firestone this week for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. The South Course at the Akron-area country club has become a second home to Tiger Woods, who has seven career victories here -- a PGA Tour record he's also matched at Torrey Pines and Bay Hill during his career. The resume at Torrey South also includes an eighth title, the 2008 U.S. Open, his last major victory.

Even though that majors drought persists, Woods is still the clear No. 1 player in the world and cannot lose that perch even if Phil Mickelson wins the next two weeks. He'll always be the favorite at any tournament he enters, particularly during a four-win season. Tiger comes to Firestone as the 9/2 favorite, with recent champion golfer of the year, Mickelson, behind him at 14/1. Those two Americans, who have owned golf during this generation, are back to 1-2 in the world and will be the favorites next week at the PGA Championship as well.

Holding the third-lowest odds this week is Adam Scott, who played with Tiger on Sunday at Muirfield and held the lead before blowing up to make four straight bogeys for the second straight year at that major. Of all the recent first-time major winners, Scott is the best bet to repeat. He ran away with this tournament two years ago, winning by four strokes in Akron before going on to a top 10 finish at the PGA. Prior to his Masters victory this season, the WGC title here was the biggest win in his career since picking up a Players Championship almost a decade ago. Scott's most likely tuning up for next week, but with his track record, he's going to keep those low odds everywhere he shows up.

Rory McIlroy is the one outlier, breaking away from the aforementioned three favorites at the top of the world rankings with him. McIlroy, who again received some unsolicited advice on his work-dating life balance this week, is 28/1 but it was at Firestone where he seemed to get things on track last year before rolling to a resounding win at Kiawah. It seems much more unlikely that Rory pulls it together this year, but the No. 3 player in the world at least won't have to worry about missing the weekend at this no-cut WGC event.

Here are the odds for the limited-field event in Akron, via Bovada:

Player Odds
Tiger Woods 9/2
Phil Mickelson 14/1
Adam Scott 18/1
Brandt Snedeker 25/1
Dustin Johnson 25/1
Justin Rose 25/1
Matt Kuchar 25/1
Lee Westwood 28/1
Rory McIlroy 28/1
Charl Schwartzel 33/1
Jason Day 33/1
Steve Stricker 35/1
Bubba Watson 40/1
Henrik Stenson 40/1
Keegan Bradley 40/1
Luke Donald 40/1
Sergio Garcia 40/1
Graeme McDowell 45/1
Ernie Els 50/1
Ian Poulter 50/1
Jason Dufner 50/1
Jim Furyk 50/1
Rickie Fowler 50/1
Zach Johnson 50/1
Angel Cabrera 66/1
Bill Haas 66/1
Webb Simpson 66/1
Billy Horschel 75/1
Hideki Matsuyama 75/1
Louis Oosthuizen 80/1
Martin Kaymer 80/1
Nicolas Colsaerts 80/1
Paul Casey 80/1
Ryan Moore 80/1
Bo Van Pelt 100/1
Jordan Spieth 100/1
Martin Laird 100/1
Nick Watney 100/1
Branden Grace 125/1
Matteo Manassero 125/1
Richard Sterne 125/1
Francesco Molinari 150/1
Harris English 150/1
John Merrick 150/1
Peter Hanson 150/1
Russell Henley 150/1
Scott Piercy 150/1
Thorbjorn Olesen 150/1
Boo Weekley 175/1
Kevin Streelman 175/1
Miguel Angel Jimenez 175/1
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano 200/1
Jamie Donaldson 200/1
Jonas Blixt 200/1
Paul Lawrie 200/1
Shane Lowry 200/1
D-A Points 225/1
Carl Pettersson 250/1
Ken Duke 250/1
Michael Thompson 250/1
Sang Moon Bae 250/1
Stephen Gallacher 250/1
Brett Rumford 300/1
Brian Gay 300/1
Chris Wood 300/1
Jaco Van Zyl 300/1
Mikko Ilonen 300/1
Richie Ramasy 300/1
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 350/1
Tommy Gainey 350/1
Derek Ernst 400/1
Peter Senior 500/1
Satoshi Kodaira 500/1
Toru Taniguchi 500/1
Daniel Popovic 1000/1

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