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Preview to the Bridgestone Invitational
August 3, 2012

With the nail biting event at the British Open warmly behind us, all eyes are looking forward to the 2012 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, which is to take place today.

After a slight reshuffle of the official rankings (with Tiger Woods overtaking young Northern Irishman, Rory Mcilroy by one place into 2 nd position), attention is now on the top four players, who were a little underwhelmed after last week's performance at The Open.

The biggest shock of it all was the finished position for the aforementioned Mcilroy who ended the competition in his worst ever finish - 60th.

Despite this fellow golfer, Graeme McDowell, has backed Rory for the Invitational today and has stated that even if he does not win it, it will give Rory the boost he needs to return to the proclaimed form of the past.

To accompany this, just after The Open, the odds were released by the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, which gave Rory 20/1 to winning the event; excellent news given of his form earlier on in the year.

Despite winning The Open, Ernie Else was given the surprising odds of 40/1, the same that he was given when he won The Open.

Less surprisingly however, are the generous odds given to a certain Tiger Woods. Having done very well for himself at the Open, The Las Vegas Hotel put their odds on Tiger at 7-1; making him favourite to win the event.

Of course, winning the event would not only make it Wood's 75 th PGA Tour title of his career, but it would also give a credible boost to his finances as the winner of this year's event is to take away a rather welcome $1.4million from the $8.5million fund.

Although Tiger throughout his career has been bestowed with millions upon millions, it was some shock last week that it was revealed that throughout 2011, Woods was not the highest paid golfer; for the first time in many years.

That luxury instead went to Phil Mickelson who according to SI.com, earned a total of $60 million last year, a mere $2 million more than Woods. With that in mind however, it is expected that Tiger feels no heat upon his mantle as Mickelson successfully failed to meet the cut last week and later admitted lethargy on the green.

"I've been a little bit lethargic the last two months. We've got some big tournaments coming up."

Mickelson continued: "In fact, the next nine weeks I'm playing seven of them, and this is an important stretch to finish the year off right. So I've been working hard to get this turned around."

Despite this, Mickelson has been given odds of 25/1 for the event. Other players including Rory Mcilroy have stated that they are going to use Bridgestone as a turnaround; something that has been so far proven with his early entry to the greens, choosing to practice with rookie players.

Besides Mcilroy, Adam Scott who himself was but one shot away from winning The Open has stated that he's more confident than ever ahead of today's competition and has been given odds of 25/1.

Other notable odds for the event included:

Luke Donald - 15/1

Lee Westwood - 15/1

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