Firestone Country Club hosts the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational for the final time this week and Argentine Emiliano Grillo looks like he is worth a punt to land his first victory since the 2015 Frys.com Open.
The top-50 players in the world will all be present at Akron this week but it is world number 61 Grillo that looks like a juicy price.
The Argentine has recorded five top-10 finishes so far this season, with his two best results a third-place finish at the Fort Worth Invitational and a tie for third at the Houston Open.
With so many hazards protecting the South Course in Ohio, accuracy off the tee is absolutely crucial and this is an area the 25-year-old has improved on massively this season. He is currently ninth on the PGA Tour’s 2018 statistics for driving accuracy whilst he sits 20th in strokes gained off the tee.
On Grillo’s two previous appearances in the tournament, he finished in a tie for 14th on his debut back in 2016 before ending up in a share of 50th last year, and his game looks in better shape than it did 12 months ago to make a strong challenge for glory this time around.
Another interesting bet involves the top-five market and Northern Ireland’s McIlroy looks a good shout at 43/20. The former world number one, who now sits seventh in the rankings, has a sensational record at Firestone.
The 29-year-old recorded three top-10 finishes from 2010-2012 before going on to win the tournament in 2014 by two strokes from Spaniard Sergio Garcia.
After missing the last two editions, McIlroy made his return to the South Course in 2017 and continued his impressive form, ending up in a tie for fifth.
Throw in the fact the four-time major winner heads into the tournament following a tie for second at the Open Championship – his third runners-up spot of the year to go along with his win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational – and he looks decent value to finish in the top five for the fourth time.
Other notable mentions include US PGA Champion Justin Thomas, 21/1 to overcome a recent dip in form and win the event, and Claret Jug holder Francesco Molinari, who is 24/1 to make it back-to-back wins following that triumph in Carnoustie.
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