WGC Cadillac Championship | 07 March - 10 March | The Blue Monster
With the first Major of the season just around the corner, focus is slowly starting to shift to who will be able to win that. In the meantime, we have a lot of good tournaments to look forward to. Traditionally this has been a great tournament to watch and despite the ominous course name, the Blue Monster ranks as one of the easier courses on Tour. The wide fairways, generous landing areas and overall length of the course make it less intimidating than most, but there are still a handful of difficult holes, including the tough 18th. The par 5s are where the tournament is won or lost so keep an eye on who handles those well on the first day. So who has it in them to win this one? Let’s have a look.
To Win Outright
Tiger Woods 12/1
Charl Schwartzel 16/1
Justin Rose 16/1
Phil Mickelson 20/1
Luke Donald 20/1
Phil Mickelson (20/1 a win, 5/1 a place)
It seems Phil’s focus is solely on the Majors these days, as he had little time for the WGC Match Play and preferred to relax when the rest of the world’s best were slugging it out in that one. As a result he comes into this rested and hopefully focussed because in the run up to this season’s first Major, he needs a few solid finishes to build some confidence. Traditionally he has done very well here, his form on the course culminated in his winning in 2009. Since then, he’s always been up there come Sunday. I’m not confident he will win but the place bet looks the smart option.
Bill Haas (60/1 a win, 15/1 a place)
Bill Haas really dropped the ball for us in the Northern Trust Open but there’s no use crying over spilt milk, I’m sure he’s not crying himself to sleep over what could have been. Despite that setback and his early exit at Dove Mountain, I still reckon he will be a serious contender here because he comes into this on the back of a bit of a hot streak, having finished 9th, 6th and 3rd so far this season. The 60/1 represents a bit of value and I don’t see it being available for much longer. Get involved while you still can.
Matt Kuchar (20/1 a win, 5/1 a place)
The Kooch is turning into a helluva player and I doubt it will be much longer before we see his name on the top of the leaderboard again. Despite the fact that he has always been consistent, he is finally managing to convert it into victories and over the next few months and years I reckon he’ll make a real impact on the game. He has it in him to tackle any course effortlessly so I won’t be surprised to see him win this one. 20/1 is a gift, get on.
It may be because I’m feeling patriotic, but to me Schwartzel is the player to beat this week. I’ve pointed out in previous previews how hot his form is at the moment so there’s no need to go over that again in much detail. Just know that it would be foolish to discount him in any of these tournaments leading up to the season’s first Major. A top 10 at PGA National last week restored faith after an early exit in the WGC Match Play and there’s little standing in the way of at least a top 5 finish for Charl this week.
Written by @Matt_Cee for @Hollywoodbets. Follow them both on Twitter and Facebook now!
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