Monday, 4 March 2013

WGC - Cadillac 2013

The second of the World Golf Championships takes place at The Doral Golf Resort in Miami this week where Tiger Woods is seeking his 7th title in this the 14th instalment. He won his second title when this event was staged at Mount Juliet in Ireland over 4 glorious days of weather that the Irish Open wish they could have had over recent years, and which I attended with my father over the 4 days. So, this event is an event that I always look forward to even though it is now held back on American soil. I do wish though as a WGC that they could rotate the event again around the world. Anyway, onto this week and the Blue Monster course at the resort where the 18th hole always reminds me of the 18th  Smurfit Course at the K Club. 60 players tee it up on Thursday where Justin Rose is defending. Rose has been in fine form this season and will be quietly confident of doing well here. It will be interesting to see how Tiger fares after his disappointing showing last week, but one thing is guaranteed, the Golf Channel will still be showing plenty of him over the 4 days. Tiger is the 12/1 favourite and in a 60 man field, I'm sure he will have some support.
My first pick this week is Martin Kaymer. The German has or had been threatening to kick start 2013 following success in South Africa at the end of 2012 but despite finishing down the field last week his play suggested he is not too far away from clicking. He has mediocre form here at Doral, but what I do like about his course form is that he has always returned a great score in one of the rounds. 64s, 65s and 66s have been produced here and if he can get a decent first round under his belt this could be the week to click and get back in the winners enclosure. He finished tied 20th here last year following opening and closing 74s. He was tied 24th the year before, again signing for a brace of 74s over the weekend. He managed a better weekend the year before to finish tied 3rd. When on song, Kaymer is one of the best in the world, and I dont think we'll be waiting long before he rises the world rankings again to challenge for the number one spot which he held briefly before. 55/1 is too big in my eyes and is a must for me here.
My second selection is Peter Hanson of Sweden who also has a top 5 finish here in recent years. These kind of courses suit his game and he comes in here on the back of a top 15 at the Honda. Ever cool on the course, Hanson is starting to show his likeness for the big ones despite not getting it down come back 9 on Sundays on more than a few occasions. In 2012, he finished 3rd at Augusta, 23rd at The Open, 15th at The Players. He will be under the radar this week for sure and 60/1 with Bet365 is value and worth an e/w chance.
My third pick is Russell Henley who was quite impressive in winning the Sony Open in January. The rookie has had time to celebrate that win and is now re-focussed on the job at hand and I was quite impressed with his performance again last week at The National PGA where he finished alonside Hanson in the top 15. 110/1 with Betpack or StanJames is far too big for the rookie who is in terrific form and represents great value.
I had considered Dustin Johnson at 40/1 who is a bit big at that price as a result of recent form but DJ is a player that can shrug that off quite easily and contend here. Rory has great course form here but his game is not right at the moment and the 25s on offer although tempting on paper probably are best passed on. Rory is now more focussed on getting ready for Augusta.

TIP 1: 1 pt e/w Martin Kaymer @ 55/1 Betpack or StanJames

TIP 2: 1 pt e/w Peter Hanson @ 60/1 Bet365

TIP 3: 1 pt e/w Russell Henley @ 110/1 Betpack or StanJames Free Bet

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