Firestones Tigers Favourite

The WGC-Bridgestone, at Firestone this week, offers a great chance to watch some quality golf, not least the anticipation of Tiger Woods – a man with little success to his name of late – at his favourite and most prosperous venue.

It is not all Woods, however, as this prestigious tournament sees a number of players looking to make their mark on what is an intriguing competition. Woods’ seven victories here mark him out very much as the man to beat, and we reckon the following are the ones likely to do the beating.

Lee Westwood is a man on a mission right now having finished runner up in both the Masters and the Open this season, and the man is on form as he heads into a tournament where victory would put him at the top of the world rankings. A case of always the bridesmaid and never the bride hangs over his career at the moment, but surely not for long.

Hunter Mahan, fourth here last year, is looking for a breakthrough performance this season, and surely there is every chance the talented American will make his mark at Firestone. If he can string it all together he could be one to watch.

World number seven Luke Donald, with six top three results to his name this season, is a man knocking on the door of a major victory and this could be the one. The second highest ranked European player in the world today needs a good result to boost his season.

Paul Casey may be going through a barren spell – he has not won in over a year now – but the world number nine has a strong record at Firestone with five results in the top twenty and will be out for a good showing here.

Padraig Harrington is a man coming into form right now, as his second place finish in Ireland last week proves, and he was runner up here last season, Harrington will be working very hard to go one better this time around.