I WASN’T able to make it four in a row last week but Emiliano Grillo gave me a good run for my money as he finished tied third in the China Open.
Peter Uihlein also had a good run, finishing T8, but following a four-over third round it was always going to be hard for him. This week is going to be really hard to pick a winner with the new format in the WGC-Cadillac Matchplay.
So what I’ll do is suggest a winner of each section and the winner of the tournament. Tall task but here goes.
Group 1: Rory McIlroy looks the like winner in this section. I can’t see Brandt Snedeker, Billy Horschel or Jason Dufner giving him much trouble. McIlroy is 5-4 at 888sport.
Group 2: Same has to be said in this group with Jordan Spieth untouchable at the moment. For him to honour a commitment to the RBC Heritage the week after winning The Masters and then playing so well, albeit after a slow start, speaks volumes of the lad. Take Spieth at 11-10 at boylesports.
Group 3: If Henrik Stenson is on his game should come through this with ease. Stenson is 6-4 at 888sport.
Group 4: Bubba Watson’s group looks a good one with Keegan Bradley, Louis and Miquel Angel Jimenez. Although Watson is favourite I like the look of Oosthuizen for this one. Apart from driving accuracy his stats are really good. Oosthuizen is 11-4 at 888sport and Ladbrokes.
Group 5: After his win in the RBC Heritage Jim Furyk looks the one here. I know he’s not done well over the past year or so but after his win it could be the turning point. Furyk is 13-8 at 888sport.
Group 6: Has to be Justin Rose. After his T2 in The Masters and his win at the Zurich Classic last week he is one of the men in form. Rose is 11-8 at Betfred.
Group 7: Quite like the look of Zach Johnson but my head rules my heart here and the guy everybody seems to be tipping for every tournament since he came back from injury. Day at 5-4 with Betfred is my pick to qualify.
Group 8: If Charl Schwartzel was playing anything like he can he could push Dustin Johnson but I can’t see past big DJ. Johnson is 7-5 at 888sport.
Group 9: Paul Casey is the selection for this one. Adam Scott has not been playing too well recently and Casey has been runner-up twice in this tournament. Casey is 9-4 at 888sport and Ladbrokes.
Group 10: Going for Bernd Wiesberger in this one. Sergio Garcia’s putting is suspect at the moment and his Austrian rival is good on and around the greens and can see him progressing from this section. Wiesberger is 10-3 at Coral.
Group 11: Has to be Ian Poulter from this section. Jimmy Walker could prove a problem but the Ryder Cup maestro loves this format. Poulter is 9-4 at Titanbet.
Group 12: My favourite player Brookes Koepka is in this group but unfortunately I don’t think he can get the better of JB Holmes. JB is 11-5 at Betfred.
Group 13: Graeme McDowell for me in this one. Rickie Fowler hasn’t got going this season and McDowell has such a strong matchplay record. McDowell is 11-4 at Betfred.
Group 14: This section pits the 2012 champ versus the 2013 champ. Find it hard to pick between Hunter Mahan and Matt Kuchar. Think I’ll go with Kuchar at 8-5 with Paddy Power.
Group 15: Patrick Reed could potentially be the winner here this week. He’s got a proven matchplay record both as an amateur and professional. Reed is 13-8 at Betfred.
Group 16: I know Mr Fixit rates Hideki Matsuyama highly so who am I to disagree. Matsuyama is 7-4 at 888sport to finish above Kevin Na, Joost Luiten and Alexander Levy.
WINNER: It’s Patrick Reed for me at the likes of 25-1 ew (to make the semi-finals) with William Hill and BetVictor. If he gets out his group and can triumph over Jordan Spieth in the next round he can make the final. And you never know he might even be taking on Matsuyama who is 33-1 with William Hill and 888sport.
TOP TREBLE: McIlroy, Speith and Rose to qualify.
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