First WGC event of the year attracts strong field to Doral
After an unpredictable and weather-affected Tour event last weekend there is a strong field in Florida for this year’s WGC Cadillac Championship.
35 European Tour players are in action and after the European domination last weekend this tournament looks wide open. Keep reading for our betting preview of this week’s 2015 Honda Classic.
Tough test expected at one of the Tour’s hardest courses
A combination of gusty winds and a redesigned course meant that last year’s WGC Cadillac Championship was won by the highest score in relation to par for any non-major event since 2011. Patrick Reed won with a score of 4 under par and the field averaged 73.85 strokes (par 72) over the four days.
World-renowned architect Gil Hanse added new bunkers, water hazards and additional tees to the layout last year and the course now plays at 7,481 yards.
The weather played a major part at last weekend’s tournament and the Honda Classic ended up becoming one of the most unpredictable events in recent memory. One of the major surprises was that Rory McIlroy proved he was human by missing the cut: just the fourth time he has finished outside the top 15 since a T25 at this event in 2014.
Despite his performance last week the world number one is the 5/1 favourite.
While it may be his first visit to the redesigned Doral course on current form we really fancy Jason Day’s chances this week. The Australian has recorded six top ten finishes in his last eight official starts including a win at the recent Farmers Insurance Open.
The 27 year old is now ranked number four in the world and looks terrific value at 16/1.
Bubba Watson has twice finished a shot behind the winner at Doral and is 14/1 to go one better this year. He leads the FedEx Cup rankings this season and has enjoyed three top 15 starts in 2015 including a T2 at the recent Phoenix Open.
Dustin Johnson was one of a host of big names who missed the cut last weekend but that followed two consecutive top four finishes. Johnson finished T4 at this event last year and is 19/1 to win while Adam Scott returns to action after recently becoming a father and is 22/1 to win his first tournament of 2015.
Some outsiders to consider
There was a terrific European challenge at the Honda Classic last weekend with Padraig Harrington eventually winning the tournament in a play-off for his first victory since way back in 2008. Just a shot behind Harrington, though, was an Englishman who has been in terrific form in recent weeks.
Paul Casey showed signs towards the end of 2014 that he was returning to his best form with two top 25 finishes on the PGA Tour. After a couple of missed cuts in early 2015 he has been in great touch, finishing T3 at the Northern Trust Open a fortnight ago and just a shot off the lead in last week’s Honda Classic.
Casey’s only Tour win was back in 2009 but he is 39/1 to continue his upwardly mobile progress this week.
Ian Poulter also finished a shot behind Harrington last week and would probably have won the tournament had he not hit one of the worst tee shots of his career on the par 3 5th. The Ryder Cup star has finished in the top 20 at every event bar one this season and could offer good each-way value at 49/1.
The 2015 WGC Cadillac Championship tees off on Thursday 5 March 2015 at the Trump National Doral. Check out all our pre-tournament odds over at our main site now!