Can Tiger snap winless drought at Bridgestone?

7/31/2007 - Golf

Tiger Woods came into last year's Bridgestone Invitational on a roll. He'd won three out of five PGA Tour events, and went on to win at Firestone for the fourth straight time.

This year, Woods enters the tournament riding a five-tournament winless streak.

Will he be able to snap out of it this week in the final WGC event of the year?

And what about the added element of "bubble" players, who need to cash a decent check to put themselves in a position to play in the PGA Tour's FedEx Playoffs, which start in only four weeks?

Our experts make their predictions.

Stewart Cink lost in a playoff to Tiger Woods last year and won the tournament in 2004.

Tiger Woods' record at this event: Win, Win, T-2, T-4, 4, Win, Win, Win. Guess that's what happens when you get free drops from the clubhouse roof.

Tiger Woods owns Firestone, and he's due for a victory.

Get a look at Tiger Woods' record at Firestone. Since 1997 he has won there five times and has been second once, fourth twice and fifth once. Enough said.

Birdie Buster

Jim Furyk is coming off his first victory of the year in Canada and has played well at Firestone, having lost in a playoff to Woods in 2001.

No one averages more birdies than a guy whose name says it all -- Jonathan Byrd. He should continue building on his win at the John Deere.

This could be one of those overwhelming runaway performances by Tiger.

The winner of the WGC-NEC Invitational in 2004 and the runner-up a year ago, Stewart Cink has played almost as well as Tiger Woods at this event the past few years.

Super Sleeper

Andres Romero was third at the British Open and then won his first event on the European Tour in Germany. This will be his first World Golf Championship event.

A few weeks ago, Tim Clark wasn't even in the world's top 50. Two runner-up finishes later, he looks to be right on the precipice of his first PGA Tour win.

Sergio Garcia proves he can win a nonmajor.

This is the year of the Argentine. The U.S. Open champ Angel Cabrera did finish T-4 at Akron a year ago.


Tiger Woods practically owns the tournament, winning it five times and never finishing worse than fourth since the tournament became a World Golf event in 1999.

His skills have declined and he no longer consistently contends on a week-to-week basis, but Davis Love III can still put it all together for one four-day period.

Did I mention Tiger Woods is a lock for his first fatherhood victory?

Phil Mickelson's season has been one of ups and downs. He won at Pebble then struggled for a while. He won the Players then missed the cut at the U.S. Open. He hurt his wrist then almost won the Scottish Open. After a missed cut at the British, he'll rebound at Akron. But all bets are off for the PGA Championship.