After a disastrous showing at the British Open where Tiger Woods came in 69th place, the one-time world’s best golfer is hoping to turn things around at the Bridgestone Invitational, which is set to start Thursday and run through Sunday. If things are going to start going right for Woods, Akron, Ohio is where it should happen.
Woods has won the Bridgestone tournament eight of the 14 times he’s played in it, including last year, when he swept his competition at the Firestone Country Club with a seven-shot lead to emerge victorious.
While the money’s been great — Woods has earned over $11 million in Akron — it’s his win percentage of 57 percent that’s been the real reward. There’s no other tournament that Woods has won more. His next best showings are the Cadillac Championship, the Farmers Insurance Open and the Arnold Palmer Invitational, all of which Woods has won exactly half the times he has entered, according to CBS Sports.
In other words, if Woods doesn’t win at Bridgestone or at least do respectably well, his 2014 season will go down in history as dismal. If he does win, however, it could be a sign that things are finally turning around for the struggling golfer. A win would mean that he could even earn a spot on the Ryder Cup team for the seventh time.
And while most people don’t give Woods much of a chance at next week’s PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, a win at Bridgestone could give Woods the confidence he needs to at least do better than 69th place.