Volvo World Match Play | Thursday 16 May - Sunday 19 May | The Thracian Cliffs
To Win Outright
Ian Poulter 15/1
Henrik Stenson 8/1
Graeme McDowell 8/1
Nicolas Colsaerts 10/1
Peter Hanson 16/1
Henrik Stenson (8/1 a win, 4/1 a place)
They say that you need to strike while the iron is hot and at the moment Stenson is on fire. Stenson had a solid tournament last week after we tipped him to place at 16/1 and that form, combined with his experience in this tournament, certainly makes him a promising prospect. Having won this before, we know that he can hold it together under the pressure of an intense final day. The win bet here is the way to go.
Ian Poulter (15/2 a win, 4/1 a place)
It comes as little surprise that match play specialist Ian Poulter is the favourite this week. Despite the fact that he has had a quiet season so far, he cannot be underestimated in this type of tournament. His recent form is concerning but I reckon the missed cut at the Masters and more recently, at the Players Championship, can be ignored. Rather, look to his performance in the WGC Accenture Matchplay in February where he finished fourth after being beaten by eventual winner Matt Kuchar. Places aren’t worth your while but the win is certainly a good bet.
Graeme McDowell (8/1 a win, 4/1 a place)
I’m sure McDowell will be feeling a bit sore after narrowly losing to Colsaerts last year and will be looking to make amends in this year’s instalment of the competition. Much like Poulter, he has underperformed on occasion this season but he is a great match play competitor and should be able to get ahead of Chris Wood and Stephen Gallacher, the other two in his group. He knows how to handle windy conditions and this will almost certainly be key on what should be a windswept course.
TOP BET: Nicolas Colsaerts (10/1 a win, 5/1 a place)
Nicolas Colsaerts comes into this one as defending champion and I reckon he has what it takes to emerge victorious once again. He’s been quiet of late but that doesn’t mean he’s been playing all that badly. A missed cut at the Wells Fargo Championship was preceded by a T8 in the Zurich Classic and that combined with the fact that experience counts for a lot in this format makes Colsaerts my top bet for the week.