WGC World Match Play Tips: Each-way selections for the Dove Mountain dilemma

Can former champ Ian Poulter win the World Match Play again?
Can former champ Ian Poulter win the World Match Play again?

After another place last week thanks to Steve's 35/1 pick Charl Schwartzel the betting.betfair golf team remain in fine form. Here's who our guys fancy for this week's World Golf Championship, a 5-day long Match Play event over in Arizona...

Steve Rawlings on Rory McIlroy;

"He's a tremendous match play and desert golf exponent, a former WGC Match Play finalist and well worth a play at the industry best price."

*Each-way terms: ¼ odds, 4 places

Joe Dyer says: Back Graeme McDowell @ 41.040/1

Graeme McDowell returned to PGA Tour action two weeks ago and finished seventh at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. That high finish was in keeping with a very decent run of results this season - over a sparse schedule admittedly - going back to a third place in the WGC-HSBC Champions in November. McDowell is a high-class performer - short off the tee admittedly but hugely accurate and a wizard around and on the greens - who has gone well at Dove Mountain in the past, going deep in both 2011 and 2013. The matchplay format clearly suits and this complete performer really appeals at 40-1.

Dan Geraghty says: Back Billy Horschel @ 71.070/1

Billy Horschel is making his World Match Play debut this week, he's been posting on twitter of his love for Match Play, which he says comes down to "who wants it most". If Horschel's behaviour in the 2007 Walker Cup when playing one Rory McIlroy is anything to go by, he wants it quite a lot. I'm hoping the golf gods allow the two to meet once more at the semi-final stage this week. Horschel posted three consecutive top 25's prior to his missed cut last time out, it'll be interesting to see how he gets on in this weeks format.

Paul Krishnamurty says: Back Matt Kuchar @ 34.033/1

Time and time again, we've seen that matchplay is a refined art and this particular tournament favours format specialists. After last year's rout, despite a very difficult draw, Matt Kuchar's odds strike me as enormous. That followed on from quarter and semi-final appearances in the previous two renewals so clearly he loves this layout. Scrambling is a tough test around the Ritz-Carlton and tricky par putts almost the norm. Kuchar has very few equals in either department and barely missed a thing last year. Moreover, he is in what appears to be the weakest bracket.

Steve Rawlings says: Back Rory McIlroy @ 17.016/1

Right up until the beginning of December, 2013 was Rory McIlroy's annus horribilis. The new Nike clubs took an age to get used to, the media hounded him over his on-off relationship with Caroline Wozniacki, which it seems was never off anyway, and there were all sorts of management problems, but then on the first day of December, in his final event of the year, he came from behind to pip Adam Scott for the Australian Open title. He'd hinted at a return to form before then and in his first two starts this year, in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, he's looked back to his brilliant best and I can't resist the 17.016/1 available. He's a tremendous match play and desert golf exponent, a former WGC Match Play finalist and well worth a play at the industry best price.

Mike Norman says: Back Ian Poulter @ 34.033/1

There's very little to say about this selection as we all know what Poulter is like in this format. He's a previous winner of this tournament of course, he adores the heat of the battle, and what's more he needs some Ryder Cup points. True, as long as he is some sort of form in the second half of the season then he is a certain pick for the European Team if he isn't in automatically but Poulter himself as stressed that he doesn't want to take that chance. His recent form hasn't been brilliant, but this week's test is exactly what he needs to find some form, bag some RC points, and go close to another World Golf Championship success.

Season P/L (£5 e/w per selection)

1. Joe Dyer: +£190.00
2. Dan Geraghty: +£163.75
3. Paul Krishnamurty: +£17.50
4. Steve Rawlings: -£21.25
5. Mike Norman: -£70.00

Overall: +£280.00

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