The American has won this event an amazing seven times and the world number one will be bidding to end a winless streak on a golf course where he clearly feels comfortable, although it was 2009 when he last triumphed in Akron.
It was compatriot Keegan Bradley who won twelve months ago when beating Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker by a single stroke, with Paddy Power offering 40/1 that the returning champion defends his Bridgestone crown and the same firm will also give you money back if your selection finishes second to Woods or Phil Mickelson.
Mickelson will arrive in high spirits after a sterling performance at Muirfield to win his first Open Championship and he will now be setting his sights on becoming a maiden winner of this invitational tournament, with Lefty available at 14/1 with BetVictor.
It’s often tricky to call a winner in this event considering that the PGA Championship follows next week although we can be sure that the world’s top players will be looking to hit form ahead of Oak Hill, with Adam Scott in the hunt for his second major title of the year in a few days’ time.
The Australian won the Bridgestone Invitational two years ago by four strokes and demonstrated at the Open that he’s the sort of player who will feature at the business end of big tournaments for several years to come, with Sky Bet going 16/1 about Scott claiming victory on Sunday.
Brandt Snedeker will be bidding for back-to-back victories after obliging at 12/1 in the Canadian Open last week and the talented 32-year-old is fast becoming a household name in the sport of golf, with the bookies offering 22/1 about the man from Nashville this week.
Matt Kuchar was runner-up in the above event and is a 25/1 chance to claim victory in Ohio, with the Bridgestone generally yielding a winner from among the favourites, although European hopes will be carried by Lee Westwood and Justin Rose.
Rory McIlroy will hope to play himself into form this week, although Graeme McDowell is a 50/1 chance to enjoy the ideal preparation for the PGA Championship, while the in-form Ian Poulter is a 55/1 chance following his super performance at Muirfield which saw him produce a fine final round.