I’m going to go way out on a limb here: Tiger Woods will win the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational, the World Golf Championship event that begins this Thursday at Firestone Country Club.
The initial reasons, the obvious ones, are all there: Woods is the clear No. 1 player in the World Golf Rankings, he’s got four wins on the PGA Tour this season alone, and he’s got a stranglehold on the FedEx Cup points race. To say that Tiger Woods is once again a dominant force would be an understatement.
Judging by his performance at The Open Championship, apparently the elbow injury that has plagued Woods since his win at The PLAYERS in May is well behind him, as well. Were it not for a Sunday letdown at Muirfield, we may very well be talking about Tiger’s pursuit of a 16th career major at the upcoming PGA Championship.
Even though there are hotter players on Tour right now, Woods’s long-time rival Phil Mickelson atop that list, this tournament is going to be a big driver of Woods’s potential move for that elusive major and a great setup for the FedEx Cup playoffs.
With the PGA Championship next week, it’s easy to think that Woods will have his focus already on Oak Hill, where he was practicing on Tuesday, along with caddie Joe LaCava and girlfriend Lindsey Vonn. While we all know the Majors are what really gets Tiger going these days, he’ll have history on his side this week.
To put it simply, there isn’t anybody who has run Firestone like Woods has over the last decade, and then some. With seven wins and four more top-tens, there’s nobody who can unseat Tiger here except Tiger.
I’m looking to see if he can pull off something like what happened in 2009. The last year Woods won this event, he had already won the Buick Open the week prior, but even after missing the cut at the Open Championship, he went on a run with only one finish outside the top 10 the rest of the year. It also culminated in Woods’s second FedEx Cup championship.
Tiger Woods knows his golf history, so you had better believe he’ll be looking to repeat that feat this year.