PGA Tour Expert Picks: Bridgestone Invitational

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

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I can confirm that this is the first US-based golf tournament in which Tiger Woods will make a cut since his comeback a few weeks ago.

That's because there isn't a cut at the Bridgestone Invitational. Tiger will be teeing it up with 75 of the best players on the planet in the final World Golf Championship tournament of the season.

Let's take a look at what to expect.

Locale

Firestone Country Club -- also known as Tiger's home away from home. His numbers there are ridiculous. Did you know the par-70 course was originally built in the 1920s as a park for employees of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company (I did not)? It has undergone multiple makeovers but the bones remain.

Also, just a PSA here: We potentially have the three most polarizing athletes in the United States all in Ohio this weekend between Tiger, LeBron James and Johnny Football.

Wait, Firestone ... isn't that where ...

Yes, yes it is.

Details

The tournament will take place July 31-Aug. 1 and the purse is $9 million (one of the biggest on tour).

You can watch Thursday and Friday (July 31-Aug. 1) on Golf Channel from 1:30-6:30 p.m. ET and on Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 2-3) on Golf Channel from 12-1:30 p.m. and on CBS from 2-6 p.m.

You can also watch featured holes on the broadcast online at CBSSports.com on Thursday and Friday (July 31-Aug. 1) from 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday featured holes from 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and the simulcast from 3-6:30 p.m.

All times Eastern

Participants and odds

Rory McIlroy: 6-1
Adam Scott: 10-1
Tiger Woods: 14-1
Justin Rose: 16-1
Jim Furyk: 20-1
Rickie Fowler: 20-1
Henrik Stenson: 22-1
Keegan Bradley: 22-1
Jordan Spieth: 25-1
Sergio Garcia: 25-1
Martin Kaymer: 25-1

A big boy field, for sure.

Former champions

2013 -- Tiger Woods
2012 -- Keegan Bradley
2011 -- Adam Scott
2010 -- Hunter Mahan
2009 -- Tiger Woods

Expert picks

Winner

Adam Scott (10-1): It feels like I've picked Scott about 29 times this season, and why not? He got the bad end of the draw at the British Open and still finished top 10 and has been uber consistent all year. His past four starts at this tournament: T14, T45, Win, T9. So at least I know he's going to be in the mix.

Lock for top 10

Rory McIlroy (6-1): Six-to-one is an insane number in a WGC tournament -- a Tiger-like number. But it's fair for the British Open champ because his best is better than everybody else's best. He has been top 10 three of the past four times he has played here and I expect him to make that four of five this weekend.

Sleeper

Richard Sterne (250-1): It's tough to call WGC tournament golfers "sleepers" but 250-1 is way too high on Sterne for Bridgestone. He finished T9 here last year in his first start at Firestone in four years and fourth at the last WGC event in March at Doral. I can see him at 100-1 or even 150-1 but 250-1 is ridiculous.

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