We move away from the regular strokeplay tournaments for one week only as 64 of the world's best players do battle in Texas for the WGC Match Play, and below are the betting.betfair golf team's quintet of each-way selections...
Paul Krishnamurty: Back Patrick Reed @ 33/1
"...the 25-year-old has a superb temperament and the competitive nature that so often proves the difference in matchplay. Reed went into the notebook as a likely matchplay specialist when starring at the last Ryder Cup."
*Each-way terms: 1/4 odds, 4 places
Dan Geraghty: Back Thomas Pieters @ 150/1
Thomas Pieters' game should be suited to match play given he plays aggressively and makes tons of birdies. He secured a late invitation this week with a recent third place finish in the True Thailand Classic, achieved while feeling unwell. Following his appearance in Thailand, Pieters acclimatised for this event with a made cut at Bay Hill last week and has plenty of experience of playing in America, having enjoyed a stellar college career at the University of Illinois, where he became the NCCA Individual Champion. Pieters also has a big match play scalp to his name, he knocked current world number one Jordan Spieth out of the US Amateur in 2012, beating him 1up. I fancy the Belgian to cause a stir in beating Adam Scott on day one and from there anything's possible.
Paul Krishnamurty: Back Patrick Reed @ 33/1
In his home state, playing a format to which he looks ideally suited, Patrick Reed is well up to winning his fifth PGA title. As that last number illustrates, the 25-year-old has a superb temperament and the competitive nature that so often proves the difference in matchplay. Reed went into the notebook as a likely matchplay specialist when starring at the last Ryder Cup. He certainly looks a much likelier matchplay champion than principal group rival Phil Mickelson, or the man the market rates his likeliest last-16 opponent - Dustin Johnson.
Joe Dyer: Back Marc Leishman @ 60/1
I'm writing this before the groups have been determined for the WGC so consider yourselves warned. My pick this week is Marc Leishman who I think may just have the right mix to have a big impact this week. We don't know a huge amount about the course but it apparently has some classic risk and reward elements and in that respect the power-hitting Leishman has the game to succeed. He's certainly in good form, following a top five at the Northern Trust Open and a top 20 at last week's Arnold Palmer Invitational. The Aussie can play Matchplay golf, too. He beat everyone in his group before running into finalist Gary Woodland in the knock-out stages last year and has a Presidents Cup win over Jordan Spieth on his ledger to boot. Put it all together and I thought 60/1 was fair.
Steve Rawlings: Back Zach Johnson @ 66/1
I picked out Zach Johnson at a tasty 66/1 before the draw was made and while I'm not too enamoured by the prospect of him bumping into Rory McIlroy in round two, I'm going to stick with the 14th seed, as he still looks generously priced. Zach's event record is nothing to write home about recently but he never really stood a chance at the bomber's paradise, Dove Mountain, and his match play form elsewhere is outstanding. A granite-tough Ryder Cupper, he's claimed the noticeable scalps of Graeme McDowell and Padraig Harrington and he's beaten Jason Day and Branden Grace in recent Presidents Cups. He reached the semi-finals of this event in 2006, the year before it moved to Dove Mountain, and he was unlucky not to progress last year after beating Grace and Day in the group stage. His record in Texas is stunning, with two wins at the Texas Open and two at the Crown Plaza invitational and the venue looks perfect for him.
Mike Norman: Back Brandt Snedeker @ 50/1
This new format - which I actually think I quite like - meaning you have to win your group to progress to the last 16, makes picking this week's winner very tough indeed. Whereas in strokeplay you can have a poor first day and still recover, in this format, lose one of your group matches and you're basically out of the tournament, or as good as. Last year, 12 of the group winners won three from three, and I think what I'm trying to say is that you can make a great case for a player this week, but just one poor round, one poor stretch of holes that results in a group-stage loss, and your selection could well be on his way home. So I've effectively just gone for a guy who is suited to match play, and we'll see where that takes him. He scrambles and putts well (key in this format), he's had a good start to 2016, he has plenty of Ryder Cup experience, and his group doesn't look too daunting. At 50/1, Brandt Snedeker is my man.
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2016 Season P/L (£5 e/w per selection)
2016 Season P/L to date: + £329.16
- True Thailand Classic, Scott Hend @ 40/1 - WIN (Dan T)
- True Thailand Classic, Thomas Pieters @ 22/1 - PLACE (Dan G)
- WGC Cadillac Championship, Danny Willett @ 66/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- 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 G)
- 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