The 36-year-old has recorded victory on seven occasions, with the latest of these coming in 2009 when he was four strokes clear of the field, while in 2007 he stormed clear of the back to win by eight shots.
Woods is therefore being respected by the bookies although you can get 5/1 (William Hill free £25 bet) about the Tiger claiming another PGA Tour victory, although he did finish 18 shots behind 2011 winner Adam Scott and his form has been erratic this year.
Scott will be looking to record victory as quickly as possible following his Open Championship nightmare which saw the Australian record four consecutive bogeys to lose out to Ernie Els, although he demonstrated at Lytham that he was the superior links golfer for most of the tournament.
He can be backed at 16/1 (bet365 bookmaker) to retain his Bridgestone crown here, while there are once again a string of British contenders who will be hoping to go close at the Firestone Country Club.
Luke Donald has been well backed and the Englishman arrives in great form this week with a clear liking for a course where he finished second twelve months ago. His odds of 16/1 are similar to that of the ever-consistent Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy, although perhaps better value can be found backing players at bigger prices.
Hunter Mahan didn’t really get into contention in the Open although this course is a different kettle of fish for the American who is one of the best ball strikers on the tour and Hunter has to be respected after winning in 2012 following an amazing final round of 64.
Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Zach Johnson, Jason Dufner and Dustin Johnson all form an orderly queue behind Mahan ranging between odds of 25/1 and 35/1, while the older brigade of Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar and Steve Stricker can’t be easily dismissed.
Players from the States have dominated the winner roster in the past few years, although there are some European players who merit respect and that includes Francesco Molinari who is proving himself to be a world-class competitor. The Italian is currently third in the Race to Dubai and seems to enjoying playing at Firestone.
Graeme McDowell is another player in decent form and the northern Irishman played well in the Open having done the same in the US Open, with odds of 12/1 (Stan James) available that G-Mac is the top European, while talented Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts can be backed at 20/1 on that particular market.