The final round of the WGC Bridgestone Invitational takes place at Firestone Country Club on Sunday evening and it will be the final time that this golf course is used for the competition so a high class leaderboard will be eager to go on and land the tournament.
Saturday sorted the men out from the boys and has left us with a wonderful leaderboard with some of the titans of the game lurking ready to win a huge event and boost their confidence ahead of the final major of the year next week.
Round 3 Recap
While the leaderboard was bunched heading into Saturday it is the world number three Justin Thomas who has sprung clear and he takes a three shot lead into the final round on 14 under par. Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter are his closest challengers back on 11 under with Jason Day another shot back on 10 under. There is a decent group of players on nine under which include our pre-tournament pick Kyle Stanley with the likes of Rickie Fowler and Jon Rahm stalking the leaders on eight under.
It was another positive day for us with our two ball betting with Ross Fisher comfortably outclassing Patton Kizzire to give us our third successive winner in the match bets for the week. We have two live shots at a pay out in the outright market heading into Sunday as well.
There is only the outright market to go at from a long market point of view but I’m not all that keen to get involved in it once again. Justin Thomas is an odds on favourite and he should win this tournament but with the quality of the chasing pack it wouldn’t be a complete surprise if he gets nervous and makes his way back to them.
I hope that is the case anyway as it would bring Kyle Stanley into the mix once again and I’m already on him outright. I have Tommy Fleetwood who is sniffing a place with a decent final round too so there is no massive need to get involved in this market again so it is off to the two balls for a punt for me.
Sunday 2 Balls
The final pairing out onto the golf course is a real heavyweight tussle in Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy. They tee off at 19.00 BST with Jason Day and Ian Poulter out 10 minutes prior to that. Tiger Woods is out with Wade Ormsby at 16.20 BST with Jon Rahm and Rickie Fowler likely to draw a decent crowd at 18.30. I’m going with one bet on the final day.
Ian Poulter vs Jason Day
Match tees off at 18.50 BST
The penultimate group out onto the golf course sees Ian Poulter and Jason Day paired together with both men having a real chance of winning one of the biggest events in their career over the last evening.
Poulter might be a shot clear of Day heading into the final round but I think it is the Australian who is likely to relish the occasion, the chance and opportunity that is in front of him and I think he’ll come through this pairing. Day barely found a fairway on Saturday and still had enough to score lower than the Englishman who didn’t play very well at all on ‘Moving Day’. Poulter’s putter saved him on Saturday and it might well do again on Sunday but he’ll need more than the short stick to see off Day I fancy.
WON – Back J.Day to beat I.Poulter for a 4/10 stake at 1.80 with William Hill