2013 WGC Bridgestone Invitational Odds + Info, Tee Times, Coverage

The final World Golf Championship event of the season is upon us in the early part of August in 2013. Beginning on Thursday, August 1st and going through Sunday, August 4th, the WGC Bridgestone Invitational will take place from famed Firestone Country Club's South Course in Akron, Ohio.

The coverage of the last WGC event of 2013 will be seen on Golf Channel Thursday and Friday, and then on CBS for the weekend. Golf Channel will also be on site for the event to bring highlights during the week and after hours coverage to ensure that fans are all caught up on the action.

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The WGC Bridgestone Invitational

Originally known as the NEC Invitational until 2006 when Bridgestone took over as the title sponsor, the event has been around since 1999. One of the unique features to the WGC events, are the fact that the prize money awarded counts towards both the U.S. money list and the European order of merit.

The tournament is played at Firestone Country Club, which is one of the more famous courses in the United States that the PGA Tour plays on. Firestone is a rather long golf course, which measures 7,400 yards in length, and provides players with a tall task to deal with throughout the course of the week they are there.

Because this is a WGC event, there are extra FedEx Cup points available to the winner, with 550 on the line. And with the season coming close to the playoffs, this is crunch time.

What Happened In 2012?

After his win at the 2011 PGA Championship, many probably thought they would never hear from Keegan Bradley again. Little did they know that Major-win was just his coming-out party. Bradley continued to play well in 2012, and that culminated into a big victory at the 2012 WGC Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone. Bradley fired a final round 64 on Sunday to seize a one-shot lead over Steve Stricker and Jim Furyk, and by two shots over Louis Oosthuizen. It was Bradley's lone win in 2012, but certainly validated that he is one of the top players in the world.

2013 Bridgestone Invitational

We've got a couple of really big weeks in golf ahead of us, starting with the World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational beginning this Thursday. That will be followed by the last Major Championship of the season in the PGA Championship, beginning the following Thursday. From there, the FedEx Cup Playoffs get underway. Players will be trying to win a couple of big championships, on top of solidifying their qualifying position for the playoff run starting with the Barclays in the middle of August.

This week for the WGC Bridgestone Invitational all of the top players in the world will be on hand. This includes Tiger Woods, who will be playing after a week off in between the British Open in which he finished in the top-five but failed to win despite trailing by just one shot heading into the final round.

Odds To Win 2013 WGC Bridgestone Invitational

The betting odds for the 2013 WGC Bridgestone Invitational were released on Monday of tournament week. Let's go down the list of the biggest favorites to tame Firestone Country Club.

Tiger Woods 9/2 (+450) - Woods has won at Firestone seven times in his career, and owns the 72-hole record that he set back in 2000. But he has not won this event since 2009. Woods has reclaimed titles at his favorite tracks so far in 2013 where he has a history of winning. That would continue to be the theme with a victory here this week. At 9/2, Woods is the assertive favorite over this great field.

Phil Mickelson 14/1 (+1400) - Mickelson will be teeing it up for the first time since his win at the British Open. Yet still look at the difference between him and Woods. The payout is quite a bit different. Mickelson doesn't have a good record at this tournament though. Then again, his British Open record wasn't great until a few Sundays ago. It would be tough to count Lefty out this week given how well he is playing.

Adam Scott 18/1 (+1800) - So far 2013 has been a tough corner that's been turned for Scott. He got the win at the Masters, but has not yet to get another win since. Scott continues to be in contention, which is a good sign. He held the lead at one point no Sunday at the British Open for the second-straight year, but finished with four bogeys in a row. We don't expect that to have the carry over effect it did in 2012 though.

Brandt Snedeker 25/1 (+2500) - Snedeker won the Canadian Open on Sunday, which was not a surprise because he was the odds-on favorite to do so prior to the week. It's not always the case when a favorite wins, but Snedeker proved why he was. With the way he hit the ball, he should be at least where he is on the betting line now at 25/1, if not even higher. He is now third on the FedEx Cup points list, with a win this week having the potential to put him at No.1.

Dustin Johnson 25/1 (+2500) - On a par-70 golf course measuring 7,400 yards you'd expect there to be plenty of big hitters in the mix. Dustin Johnson fits the bill for a player to be successful here, as one of the longest players on Tour. He is also coming off of a runner-up performance at the Canadian Open to Snedeker, so things are clicking. If he gets some putts to fall, we could see Johnson in the winner's circle.

Vegas Odds For 2013 WGC Bridgestone Invitational - lines found at Bovada on 7/30/2013

Our Picks

The Winner - There are many different ways that we could go this week with the winner. The WGC Bridgestone Invitational has the look and feel of a Major Championship. We are going to go with karma this week. Hunter Mahan led the Canadian Open by two shots when he withdrew because his wife went into labor. Mahan has been very consistent this season, and we think at 28/1, this top-10 favorite will get the win and close one out.

Darkhorse Value Bet - PGABettingOdds.com likes players with a history of success on a golf course. That is what we find in defending champion Keegan Bradley. Bradley hasn't done much this season, but at 40/1, he has the chance to end that with a second-straight win at Firestone.

Notable Pairings

The WGC Bridgestone Invitational will tee off in twosomes for the first two days, and not threesomes. With the big names in the field though, there are plenty of tee times to watch. Tiger Woods will go off at 9:20am ET alongside Hideki Matsuyama. Just behind this group at 9:30am ET will be Dustin Johnson and Adam Scott.

In the afternoon, Rory McIlroy will tee off with last week's Canadian Open winner Brandt Snedeker at 1:30pm ET. British Open winner Phil Mickelson will follow at 1:40pm ET with Justin Rose, while Matt Kuchar and Jason Day go at 1:50pm ET.

2-ball betting odds for the Bridgestone Invitational have been formed, where a bet can be made on the lowest score in the pairing, or even the option of a tie.

Below, we have listed the 2-ball odds, which will update each day.