This week sees the second WGC event of the year with WGC-Cadillac Championship.
New world number one Rory McIlroy steps up to the tee along with Tiger Woods, Phil Mickleson, Lee Westwood, Masters Winner Charl Schwartzel, Former number 1 Luke Donald and Hennie Otto to name a few, so picking the winner from this field is going to be tough.
I’m swerving the top 4 in the betting and concentrating on players who offer value, good course form and good current form.
First up we have last year’s winners Nick Watney. Although he’s yet to really contend this year, Form figures of W / T9 / T2 can’t be ignored and the 33/1 is a fair price for a player capable of doing well around here. If he can improve on his Par 3 and 4 performances then the par 5’s seem to take of themselves (-26 for his scores on par 5’s this year) so there would no reason to think he wouldn’t be contending for the W come sunday.
Secondly we have Webb Simpson, last years great form seems to have carried on into this season as Simpson has already posted two top ten finishes. An early exit from the Match play isn’t really a negative in my book and although he’s making his debut in this event, 45/1 for a player of his class is way too big. He’s first in GIR, is in the top 10 for birdie or better leaders on par 3’s and 4’s and 5th on scoring overall average. In fact the more I look at it the more I can’t believe he’s 45/1! (bet365)
Finally we have a player who has expressed his love of Doral and in the last 2 years has finished T3 & T14. That man is Francesco Molinari. Add that to two top 20 finishes so far this year and the 110/1 with Boyle Sports could look massive come Sunday, a cracking e/w bet.