WGC Cadillac Championship Tips: Each-way selections for the Blue Monster test

Danny Willett is one of five each-way selections for this week's WGC event at Doral
Danny Willett is one of five each-way selections for this week's WGC event at Doral

The team bagged their seventh place pay-out of the year in Perth on Sunday and a win seems just around the corner, so with that in mind, here's this week's quintet of selections for the World Golf Championship at Doral...

Paul Krishnamurty: Back Danny Willett @ 66/1

"Power off the tee is basically a pre-requisite for success here, and unlike most players outside the obvious market leaders, Willett is no slouch in this regard."

*Each-way terms: 1/4 odds, 5 places

Dan Geraghty: Back Charl Schwartzel @ 40/1

It was at Doral in 2010 that Charl Schwartzel really introduced himself to American viewers, when finishing second to an inspired Ernie Els. Since then the South African winning machine (14 career Pro victories) has, of course, won the Masters, but surprisingly, that Augusta victory remains his sole win on American soil. Schwartzel lost his way badly over the last couple of years but has won twice in South Africa in recent months and for most of the tournament played excellently at Riviera recently; he arguably looks back to his very best.

Paul Krishnamurty: Back Danny Willett @ 66/1

I've felt that Danny Willett had world-class potential pretty much from the outset of his career, and 2016 could prove to be a very big year for this Sheffield boy. There were plenty of progressive signals last term, and he could barely have asked for a better start than winning the elite Dubai Desert Classic. PGA Tour conditions, especially in Florida, are of course another matter. However again there was plenty to like about last year's 12th place on debut at Doral. Power off the tee is basically a pre-requisite for success here, and unlike most players outside the obvious market leaders, Willett is no slouch in this regard. High-class Europeans often contend here, and Danny is certainly beginning to fit that description.

Luke Moore: Back JB Holmes @ 30/1

As has already been mentioned elsewhere on these pages, big-hitting is a huge bonus at this event, and JB Holmes well and truly ticks this box. But of course, power is nothing without control, and so we come on to the real reason for picking the Kentucky-born boomer. Holmes is in great nick on the tour, posting two top 10s in the last month as well as another two 11th place-finishes, most recently at the Northern Trust Open in California, and so is well-placed and clearly confident about his game. He's not as big a price as some of the selections this week, but he's got a great chance.

Steve Rawlings: Back Scott Hend @ 300/1

The cream tends to rise to the top at Doral but it's not unusual to see one or two outsiders grab a place, and sometimes at a huge price. Very few fancied Jamie Donaldson or Richard Sterne two years ago and Anders Hansen and Francesco Molinari were both big outsiders in 2011, so it might be worth going for someone at a massive price in this limited field event. At over 7,500 yards, the course very much favours the big hitters and few hit it further than Australian Asian Tour veteran, Scott Hend, who may not be the forlorn hope his odds of 300/1 suggest. He won the Macau Open as recently as last October and he finished eighth in his penultimate start at the very competitive Dubai Desert Classic. And he has form of sorts at Doral too. He missed the cut at the Ford Championship on his course debut in 2004 before finishing 16th in that event 12 months later. A position he filled in this event two years ago on his only other appearance at the venue.

Mike Norman: Back Andy Sullivan @ 100/1

The betting for this week's event is fascinating. On the European Tour Danny Willett was a strong favourites the last time he tee'd it up, and he was very well fancied before winning the Dubai Desert Classic, yet here he is against the PGA Tour boys, a 60-man field, and he's 66/1 with 24 players - a lot of who have achieved far less than Willett in recent months - more fancied than him according to the betting. I don't get that at all, and Willett is high on my shortlist this week so I'm pleased he's a selection in this column. So going by the logic already mentioned I'm backing Andy Sullivan, who is also usually well fancied on the European Tour and finished just one shot behind Willett in Dubai recently. This will be the likeable Englishman's Doral debut so it's a tough ask, but he strikes me as a player who holds absolutely no fears and he's certainly gone well on long, watery, tough courses in Europe - Le Golf National for example.


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2016 Season P/L (£5 e/w per selection)

2016 Season P/L to date: + £100.41

- Perth International, Peter Uihlein @ 33/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- Tshwane Open, Dean Burmester @ 28/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- Dubai Desert Classic, Andy Sullivan @ 33/1 - PLACE (Mike)
- Abu Dhabi Championship, Thomas Pieters @ 50/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- Abu Dhabi Championship, Joost Luiten @ 66/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- South African Open, Christiaan Bezuidenhout @ 250/1 - PLACE (Dan)
- Alfred Dunhill Championship, Joost Luiten @ 40/1 - PLACE (Joe)

* Total P/L for 2015 Season: +£958.37
* Total P/L for 2014 Season: +£251.75

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