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

Rickie Fowler performs well in Florida

There's a limited but elite field of just 69 players lining up at Doral - can our golf team land another winner with their weekly selections? 

"It is notable that Fowler's best results of the past two seasons came in big Florida events - behind Tiger at Bay Hill and Matt Kuchar at Sawgrass."

Paul Krishnamurty: Back Rickie Fowler @ 67.066/1

*Each-way terms: ¼ odds, 5 places

Joe Dyer: Back Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano @ 201.0200/1

There's every chance I will get a longer run for my money if I simply lit this week's tenner with a match and watched it burn, but here goes... After an end of season move to Florida, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano lines up on his home course for this week's limited field WGC event. The Spaniard will know the new Doral better than most and that certainly offers an edge. Recent form is not inspiring but three consecutive rounds in the 60s to finish tied 23rd at the Honda Classic suggest the Spaniard's game is beginning to click. Moreover, let's just look at the price - 200-1 in a 69 man field - for a seven time European Tour winner. We know that Gonzo is a class act and he should start contesting tournaments soon now he has settled in the States. Perhaps this mercurial talent will start this weekend.  

Dan Geraghty: Back Jordan Spieth @ 23.022/1

Donald Trump's Doral architect Gil Hanse tells us his project was not a 'restoration', 'renovation' or a 'rebuild' but in fact building a brand new golf course. If that is the case then any advantage that the experienced pros had will be all but wiped away and for the youngsters, not least Jordan Spieth there will be a rare opportunity to compete on a level playing field; and I doubt anyone would relish the opportunity of taking on young Spieth on a level playing field. With question marks over the players at the very top of the betting, the American wonder kid is my selection to continue his excellent start to the season

Paul Krishnamurty: Back Rickie Fowler @ 67.066/1

It would have been asking a lot of Rickie Fowler to contend in the Honda Classic, just a few days after reaching finals day at the World Match Play, so there was much to like about his solid top-25 finish. Fowler's performance over several days at Dove Mountain strongly suggested that recent swing changes are paying dividends and his putting was supremely confident. If so, he is a man to watch out for at big prices on championship courses. It is notable that Fowler's best results of the past two seasons came in big Florida events - behind Tiger at Bay Hill and Matt Kuchar at Sawgrass.

Steve Rawlings: Back Tiger Woods @ 15.014/1

Just before Christmas I picked out five players you could back blind every week. One of the five, Zach Johnson, won his very first event in 2014 and last week in South Africa, Michael Hoey, who was matched at 130.0129/1 before the off, finished second in the Tshwane Open. The last of my five is Tiger Woods and this is one of the four venues where I really fancied him to land a win. It's not hard to write him off this week given he withdrew from the Honda Classic on Sunday with back spasms and given Doral, where he's already won an incredible seven times, has been remodelled completely, but it's worth noting that Tiger has won several times after a disappointing performance and at 15.014/1 I'm more than happy to take a chance.

Mike Norman: Back Bubba Watson @ 21.020/1

Perhaps foolishly, I've decided to ignore the changes made to the Blue Monster and hope that past course form holds up. If that's the case then long hitters tend do well here and no-one on the PGA Tour is hitting it further than Bubba Watson currently. And in the main he's hitting it straight... well, you know what I mean, in all directions but generally landing it where he wants it to. His recent form is superb - top 25 at the Farmers Insurance, second in Phoenix, and a victory at the Northern Trust Open. At Doral, Bubba has finished second and 18th in his last two visits where final rounds of 74 (2012) and 75 (2013) arguably cost him a win two years ago and a much higher finish last year. Excellent recent form in addition to good course form is always a plus, let's just hope this is the same course!

Season P/L (£5 e/w per selection)

1. Joe Dyer: +£170.00
2. Dan Geraghty: +£143.75
3. Paul Krishnamurty: -£2.50
4. Steve Rawlings: -£41.25
5. Mike Norman: -£90.00

Overall: +£180.00

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