A superb field has assembled for this week's PGA Tour event, but with Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods heading the betting can any of our in-form betting.betfair golf team find a winner further down the Sportsbook market...
"Mickelson is a brilliant player of tough par 70 courses like this, as his outstanding US Open record testifies, he’s won the Players, the Arnold Palmer and the Cadillac Championship in Florida already and he could very easily contend this week at an attractive price."
*Each-way terms: ¼ odds, 5 places
Joe Dyer: Back Billy Horschel @ 67.066/1
Floridian Billy Horschel returns to his home state with his game in very decent shape and tweeting some promising stuff ahead of the 2014 Honda Classic. Horschel only went two rounds at last week's WGC Accenture Matchplay but there was no shame in losing to eventual champion Jason Day after 22 holes and my man absolutely hammered Jamie Donaldson on the first day. Prior to that the 27-year-old put in some high finishes without properly contending. But my man knows how to win, having landed the Zurich Classic in a stunning 2013 campaign, and his stats show he has the game to compete this week being hugely accurate both off the tee and from the fairway, and pretty handy on the greens too. Opening rounds of 66 and 69 show he knows how to play PGA National - so let's just hope he doesn't throw in a third round 81 like last year!
Dan Geraghty: Back Brooks Koepka 101.0100/1
After the disappointment of being the unused first reserve at last week's Match Play, this week Brooks Koepka faces the excitement of playing a PGA Tour event in his hometown - at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens (as one of two sponsor's exemptions). Before turning pro in 2012, Koepka was a standout golfer in Palm Beach County junior golf for a number of years; the youngster was a three time All-American at Florida State. Koepka came excruciatingly close to winning last year on the PGA Tour with a sponsor's invitation, when he finished in a tie for third at the Frys.com Open.
Paul Krishnamurty: Back Graeme McDowell @ 26.025/1
Three events into his 2014 campaign, Graeme McDowell looks primed to hit top form. Seventh at Pebble Beach was a promising return and, after three brilliant recoveries to reach the quarter-finals, Gmac could easily have defied a brutal draw to go all the way at the World Match Play. Never better than on tough courses like PGA National, the Honda Classic represents one of this US Open specialists best chances of the year to win in the States, having finished top-nine in each of the last three renewals.
Steve Rawlings: Back Phil Mickelson @ 26.025/1
Trying to gauge how the mercurial Phil Mickelson will play from one week to another is an exercise in futility but I'm taking a chance that he'll take to the PGA National on debut this week. For years the system was simple with Lefty, you just backed him each week from the start of the year, collected your winnings as he scooped up various titles on the West Coast Swing and then you left him alone after the US Masters but things have changed of late. He now plays and wins worldwide throughout the year and he's even mastered links golf - something even ardent Lefty lovers like me doubted he'd ever do. He's a brilliant player of tough par 70 courses like this, as his outstanding US Open record testifies, he's won the Players, the Arnold Palmer and the Cadillac Championship in Florida already and he could very easily contend this week at an attractive price.
Mike Norman: Back Charl Schwartzel @ 23.022/1
After a hugely disappointing performance in the Joburg Open three weeks ago Charl Schwartzel immediately bounced back with a rock solid performance at the Northern Trust Open a week later, finishing fifth in a high-quality field at Riviera Country Club, a course that demanded accuracy in all departments of the game. This week's venue is quite similar in that sense so Schwartzel should be capable of contending again if on song. The South African has played at PGA National just three times previously, and he has recorded finishes of fifth (2012), ninth (2013), and 14th (2011) so there's absolutely no worries on the couse form front, and the fact that he suffered an early exit at last week's Match Play doesn't concern me either, in fact it might act as a blessing in disguise as he reportedly flew straight to Florida for more practice.
Season P/L (£5 e/w per selection)
1. Joe Dyer: +£180.00
2. Dan Geraghty: +£153.75
3. Paul Krishnamurty: +£7.50
4. Steve Rawlings: -£31.25
5. Mike Norman: -£80.00