Hero World Challenge Tips: Rickie, Tiger, and Keegan can shine in Florida

Rickie Fowler is a man in form who can go very well this week
Rickie Fowler is a man in form who can go very well this week

Dave Tindall brings us his each-way tips for the Hero World Challenge which, this year, moves from its traditional venue at Sherwood Country Club in California to Isleworth in Florida - the former home club of tournament host Tiger Woods...

"With his long game so much more reliable under the tutealage of Butch Harmon and his short game looking sharp (he ranked 1st in Scrambling and 8th in Putting Average when third in the HSBC last time out) Fowler is looking like the complete package and just needs to complete the jigsaw by learning the art of winning."


*Each-way terms: ¼ odds, 4 places


Nap - Back Rickie Fowler @ 11.010/1

Florida resident Fowler has enjoyed a stellar 2014 with top fives in all four majors and top 10s in nine of his last 10 starts. The only thing missing is a victory but, like Henrik Stenson at the DP World Championship in Dubai, this could be the week where he finally gets his nose in front after a campaign of close shaves.

Fowler's record in Florida is patchy but there are some highs - 2nd 2012 Players Championship, 3rd 2013 Arnold Palmer Invitational - so there's nothing to be concerned about on that front. With his long game so much more reliable under the tutealage of Butch Harmon and his short game looking sharp (he ranked 1st in Scrambling and 8th in Putting Average when third in the HSBC last time out) Fowler is looking like the complete package and just needs to complete the jigsaw by learning the art of winning.

This event has actually been kind for those looking to get back on the victory trail - both Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk ended two-year trophy droughts when capturing this title in 2011 and 2009 respectively - so what a great chance for Fowler to put a much-deserved '1' on the board.


Next Best - Back Tiger Woods @ 15.014/1

This may end up looking silly but everything has its price. It's almost unneccessary to list the minus points given that this is Tiger's first start since missing the cut in August's PGA Championship. But the plus points are worth looking at closely before just striking a line through his name.

Woods has a phenomenal record in Florida. He's won three of his last last five starts there (Players, Arnold Palmer and Cadillac in 2013) and also four of the last eight (Arnold Palmer again in 2012). Isleworth, of course, used to be his home club before he infamously pranged his car nearby (you may have read about it) so he knows the venue like the back of his hand.

As for his physical health, he told SiriusXM PGA Tour radio: "I feel great. I can finally log in the time, log in the minutes and really delve into a good practice session and really get a lot out of it." Woods came fourth in the 2010 Masters having not teed it up competitively since the previous November so, on a familiar course, he could well hit the ground running. There will certainly be no-one more motivated in this field.


Value - Back Keegan Bradley @ 34.033/1

In theory it's hard to pick out value in an 18-man field crammed full of the world's best players. But Keegan Bradley is on offer at a slightly better price than he would normally be in a regular tour event. Time and time again, the 2011 US PGA champ is routinely chalked up at 25s and 28s so at 33s he has to be the value this week.

Bradley loves the challenge of a tough Florida layout and in his last 10 starts in the Sunshine State the 28-year-old has racked up five finishes between 2nd and 7th. Two have come in the WGC-Cadillac Championship, two in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, including a runners-up finish back in March, and one in the Honda Classic. A poor display in the HSBC in China last time out shouldn't put us off - in fact that helps create his price here - so back the three-time Tour winner to excel in elite company once more.


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