The field for the 2012 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, to be played August 2-5 at Firestone Country Club, includes many of the best golfers in the world. Being staged just one week prior to the final major of the year, the PGA Championship, you would expect the players to be ready to perform at their best. A look at the records of the players involved, both in 2012 and throughout their careers, reveals why Tiger Woods is a favorite.
Career Major Championships: If you rank players by career wins in golf's majors, the top four in the WGC-Bridgestone field are:
4. Retief Goosen (2 majors); U.S. Open 2001 and 2004.
T2. Phil Mickelson (4); Masters 2004, 2006 and 2010; PGA 2005.
T2. Ernie Els (4); U.S. Open 1994 and 1997; British Open 2002 and 2012.
1. Tiger Woods (14); Masters 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2005; U.S. Open 2000, 2002 and 2008; British Open 2000, 2005 and 2006; PGA 1999, 2000, 2006 and 2007.
Past Bridgestone Winners: Four players have won the Bridgestone Invitational, at Firestone, before:
T2. Darren Clarke (1 win); 2003.
T2. Hunter Mahan (1); 2010.
T2. Adam Scott (1); 2011.
1. Tiger Woods (7); 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2009.
2012 PGA Victories: There are four who have won multiple PGA Tour events in 2012:
T2. Hunter Mahan (2 wins); WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, Shell Houston Open.
T2. Jason Dufner (2); Zurich Classic of New Orleans, HP Byron Nelson Championship.
T2. Zach Johnson(2); Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, John Deere Classic.
1. Tiger Woods (3); Arnold Palmer Invitational, the Memorial Tournament, AT&T National.
World Rankings: Top four in the official world golf rankings (OWGR), as of 7/30/2012:
4. Lee Westwood
3. Rory McIlroy
2. Tiger Woods
1. Luke Donald
It is very clear, from the above comparisons, why Tiger Woods is considered a favorite in the 2012 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, as well as every other tournament he currently enters. When you realize he is the only member of the OWGR top four to be listed in the other categories, an obvious question comes to mind.
Is there anyone who can stop Tiger Woods from regaining the world #1 ranking? He may not reach the top this week, but it is inevitable that we will see Tiger Woods listed, officially, as the #1 golfer in the world again soon.
Harold Andrews has played golf (competitively and recreationally) for nearly 50 years. He considers Jack Nicklaus the greatest of all time.