Paul Casey has a strong record in match play golf and he is our first selection for this week’s WGC Cadillac Championship, which has returned to California after eight years in Arizona. Casey, who has played in three Ryder Cups, was runner-up in this event in both 2009 and 2010 and won the HSBC Match Play tournament in 2006. He’s in a great run of form, with top 10 finishes at four of his last six tournaments, including the Masters.
It’s hard to ignore Ian Poulter when it comes to Match Play golf given his outstanding record in this format, both in individual tournaments and at the Ryder Cup. He won this event in 2010 and followed it up with victory at the Volvo Match Play in 2011. He also reached the semi-finals of this event two years ago and has a strong platform to build on having tied for sixth at Augusta, to go alongside a run of solid results elsewhere this season, including seven top 25 finishes from 9 outings.
Finally, Mikko Ilonen has sneaked into this event through the back door after three of the world’s top 64 ranked players withdrew, and as the winner of last year’s HSBC Match Play he will be confident of his chances of making good progress in this format. The Finn is given little chance by the bookies, but he’s worth an each-way interest at 250/1 with Ladbrokes.
|Paul Casey (ew)||Tournament Winner||40/1||Ladbrokes, Coral, Betfred, Paddy Power|
|Ian Poulter (ew)||Tournament Winner||35/1||Paddy Power|
|Mikko Ilonen (ew)||Tournament Winner||250/1||Ladbrokes|