WGC Bridgestone Invitational: Kuchar the pick at generous price

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The final instalment of the 2014 World Golf Championships will once again take place at Firestone Country Club, Ohio, as the world’s elite assemble for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, leaving us attempting to pick a winner from this all-star cast.

With the world’s top 10 players in attendance for starters, suffice to say this is a field littered with claimants for the trophy, not least eight-time winner and defending champion Tiger Woods at 16/1.

However, the mere fact the iconic American is no longer an automatic favourite – in this case Justin Rose shares his odds, while pretender to his throne Roy McIlroy (7/1) leads the way, with world number one Adam Scott at 10s – is quite a statement.

Woods may well benefit from the fact there’s no cut at Firestone, but the 14-time major winner is in no kind of form since returning from a three-month injury lay-off.

Avoid Tiger like the plague after a missed cut and a scatty 69th at The Open, while out of McIlroy and Scott it’s the Aussie’s odds that hold greater appeal despite the Northern Irishman’s imperious march to the Claret Jug.

Scott was the winner here in 2011 and since winning at Colonial in May, he’s been peppering the scorecards with red numbers, finishing fourth at the Memorial Tournament, then ninth and fifth at the US and British Opens respectively.

At its zenith Rory’s game is pretty much untouchable, but lighting it up straight after a major win, with another slam on the horizon immediately following this event may just jog his concentration.

But a little further back, one of the PGA Tour’s less limelight-hogging characters, Matt Kuchar, looks a sizzling price at 33/1.

Currently third in the FedExCup standings, Kuchar is a measured golfer and moved on from an anonymous 54 at The Open with a tied fourth in Canada, shooting two rounds of 65 to finish on -11.

He leads the Tour in top 10s on the season, including two in his last four at the WGC-Bridgestone and as his 2012 Players Championship victory proves, he usually thrives in exalted company.

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