Tiger Woods probably hurt his back last year while lifting the Gary Player Trophy at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, and he will have to defend his title against 50 of the top players in the world this week at the Firestone Country Club. It was the last victory for the 38 year-old golfing legend, so it should be interesting to see how he plays at a venue where he has won a record eight times.
I was excited that he was able to make the cut at Royal Liverpool, and think he really needed the tournament competition but I don’t expect him to be challenging this week. I do, however, expect some improvement at a place where he has had enormous success.
It should be interesting to see if he can find some confidence at Firestone, and think if he can get some control of his driver, and starts hitting those laser guided wedges like he did in 2013, he will get some putts to fall. If Tiger Woods starts rolling putts in the hole, the rest of the field better watch out!
Adam Scott brings his World Number One ranking to Firestone, but if Rory McIlroy continues to play like he did at Hoylake, Scott may be in big trouble, and not leave Ohio with the ranking. There are some other players who could leap-frog both players with a win at The Bridgestone.
Scott doesn’t want to get in a shoot-out with Rory, we saw how that worked out at Royal Melbourne last December when Rory erased a four-shot deficit on Sunday afternoon to deny the 34 year-old Aussie a sweep on his home turf.