A small but highly select field is in Akron, Ohio, this week for the WGC Bridgestone Invitational. With the world's best to choose from, who will the BB golf team pick for their each-way selections?
"Stenson's ability to keep the ball in-play and to locate small targets - he is first for driving accuracy and second for greens-in-regulation on the PGA Tour - will be a great advantage this week. And it would hardly be a shock if he was to go close once again."
Joe Dyer - Back Henrik Stenson @ 34.033/1
What does Henrik Stenson have to do to win a golf tournament this year?! The deadly accurate Swede was last seen finishing runner-up to Phil Mickelson at The Open and can also point to third at the Scottish Open, fifth at The Players and second at the Shell Houston Open in what has been a phenomenal year. Stenson's ability to keep the ball in-play and to locate small targets - he is first for driving accuracy and second for greens-in-regulation on the PGA Tour - will be a great advantage this week. And it would hardly be a shock if he was to go close once again.
Steve Rawlings - Back Angel Cabrera @ 51.050/1
Two-time major winner, Angel Cabrera, has been in fine form this season and given that he's rewarded each way backers by finishing fourth in three of his last seven visits to Firestone, he looks like a solid each-way play. His runner-up finish to Adam Scott at the US Masters is the obvious highlight for 2013 but it's hard to knock his last three outings either. On the back of a top-10 finish at the Travelers Championship and a tied 13th at the AT&T National he finished just outside the top-10 at the Open Championship last time out following a disappointing final round 74
Paul Krishnamurty - Back Jason Day @ 34.033/1
Jason Day has repeatedly shown in majors that he's the man for big occasions and this limited field event offers a golden opportunity to bag at least another lucrative place, if not a long overdue second PGA Tour title. Whereas many otherwise formidable rivals have repeatedly failed at Firestone, Day took to it quickly, finishing fourth on only his second attempt. There are strong correlations between form at this course and Augusta, largely due to the fast greens, which must bode well for this dual Masters runner-up.
Mike Norman - Back Lee Westwood @ 29.028/1
Westwood is fast becoming an enigma. I always said that if he has a good putting week he can run away with a big tournament given the quality of his play from tee to green. Well he did have a great putting week at Muirfield, only for his long game - just as it did in the final round of the BMW PGA Championship earlier this year - to let him down under pressure. But credit to Lee, he just shrugs these disappointments off and gets on with the next task in hand. Europeans don't have a terrific record at Firestone, but Westwood is one of the few that do. Three top-10 finishes since 2008 shows he knows his way around this course, and added to his constant presence on leaderboards this season he represents a solid each-way selection.
Dan Geraghty - Back Bubba Watson @ 41.040/1
On the face of it Bubba Watson has had a disappointing season thus far. However, the American has made 14 of 16 cuts and with a little more luck and/or composure could have a couple of 2013 titles to his name; not least the Traveler's Championship, where he finished fourth after an on-course falling out with caddy, Ted Scott. The big-hitting left hander has improved with every visit to Firestone since his debut in 2010 and 41.040/1 looks a fair each way price.