Dan Geraghty has looked at all of Thursday's opening round 3-balls at the WGC Cadillac Championship and here he outlines what he believes to be the four best wagers...
In a field consisting of mainly elite performers at the top of the world rankings, there are few three-balls that aren't extremely competitive. With that in mind I'll be focusing on some of the bigger-priced contenders this week.
It's not often you can back Phil Mickelson as the rag in his three-ball, but the form of youngsters Rory McIlroy and Jason Day means this week Lefty can be backed at 3.39/4 to emerge on top of the trio after day one. It's anyone's guess how McIlroy and Day react to their recent endeavours and Mickelson had the best form of the three on the old Doral set-up so he's an easy selection at the prices.
With world rankings well below most of their playing partners, both Jin Jeong and Dawie Van Der Walt look out of place lining up in this field. Van Der Walt finished 147th when attempting to defend his Tshwane Open title last week, I'm happy to take him on with short game wizard Brett Rumford who played his way into this field with a fantastic 2013 on the European Tour. Chris Kirk's the three-ball favourite, but you can't run scared of one player, Rumford looks overpriced at 3.613/5.
Similarly, I like the look of Joe Dyer's fancy Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano to come up trumps in his three-ball with Jeong and Patrick Reed. The Spaniard may well have an edge on his 'home' course against a player ranked well below him in the rankings (Jeong). Reed is the three-ball favourite, but he's more than capable of throwing in a stinker.
I couldn't believe my eyes when I read that big Brendon De Jonge eventually finished 63rd at last week's Honda Classic. Nevertheless, I'm not put off. De Jonge's opening rounds of 66 then 64 caught the eye sufficiently for me to back him at a nice price to outscore Jonas Blixt and (clearly the man to beat) Harris English on day one.
Back Phil Mickelson @ 3.39/4
Back Brett Rumford @ 3.613/5
Back Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano @ 2.89/5
Back Brendon De Jonge @ 3.613/5
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Season P/L (1pt each bet)