At this week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone, Tiger Woods has an opportunity to break yet another PGA Tour record for career wins on a single golf course.
Woods has dominated this WGC at the Akron event, winning seven times in 13 tries. Despite struggling the past two years at Firestone (second-to-last finish in 2010; T-37 in 2011), Woods returns to Firestone CC as a favorite to record his eighth career victory at the course, tying Sam Snead for the most wins in a single event.
The world No. 2, however, faces a deep field of 77 other players looking to take the $1.4 million first-place prize.
Adam Scott returns to action for the first time following his British Open collapse. While that major championship will likely be remembered for Scott’s abysmal final four holes, the Australian did play exceptional golf for the first 68 holes of the week. Scott may have no better place to return from such a disappointment, being the defending champion.
Women’s tennis enthusiast Rory McIlroy is also in the field and, if there is anyone who could use a strong tournament before the PGA Championship, it is the young superstar from Northern Ireland. McIlroy missed three consecutive cuts in May and has failed to live up to his own lofty expectations so far. A win this week may help him turn the corner. The Ulsterman has finished in the top 10 here in each of the last two years.
Phil Mickelson is also in the field, boasting a renewed focus on his game. Like McIlroy, Lefty has struggled since an early-season win at Pebble Beach and getting into contention at Riviera and Houston. He missed the cut at the British Open. A limited field and parkland-style course may be the recipe for a strong tournament finish for Mickelson.