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Wednesday, 22 February 2012

WGC Match Play - Rory's Raring to Go

The WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship gets underway on Wednesday & is a tournament that has seen English winners in the past two years with success for Ian Poulter & then Luke Donald during his impressive 2011 year. This year sees both of the past two champions turn up amongst 64 of the world's best for this lucrative tournament at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Arizona, it takes a certain style of play to win in matchplay & consistency & concentration are even more crucial than usual & of course a little luck along the way doesn't go amiss. We've looked at the competitors & their respective draws & the odds offered about them in order to try to dig up a bit of value.

(Rory McIlroy - we've heard the boy can play a bit of golf)

It might not be original but Rory McIlroy is crying out to be backed at 13/1 especially as the hottest superstar player in golf at the moment Phil Mickelson isn't taking part due to already planned family commitments. With Tiger Woods' decline McIlroy has become the face of golf & has put in the performances to back up that up with him rarely throwing in a bad round, someone will have to play very well this week to beat him. Rory's quarter of the draw isn't easy with him having to likely face either Sergio Garcia or the hugely talented Keegan Bradley a couple of rounds in but if he comes through that he'll be brimming with confidence & will push on for victory.

(Matt Kuchar's always smiling - of course when he's doing that even when he's losing you money it can be pretty, pretty annoying)

In the top half of the draw Matt Kuchar is on offer at a massive 50/1 & with the each way terms being 1/4 odds for the top 4 places he could offer the best value of anyone in the field. Kuchar has shown he can handle the conditions of match play events as he finished 3rd here last year plus 5th in the Cadillac Championship & 3rd in that the year before. None of the quarters are 'easy' but Kuchar can hold his own against Bubba Watson or Ben Crane if he makes it past Jonathan Byrd & it looks like he could be facing maybe McDowell or Stricker in a effort to make the semi final & the place money .

Rory McIlroy to win at 13/1 (Stan James & Betfair)
Matt Kuchar each way 1/4 odds 1-2-3-4 at 50/1 (general)

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