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2015 WGC Cadillac Championship – Betting preview

2015 WGC Cadillac Championship – Betting preview

It’s the first WGC event of 2015 this weekend and that means a strong field from across the world will meet in Florida for the Cadillac Championship.

Last week’s Honda Classic saw a host of big names miss the cut and this week may get no easier with Patrick Reed winning last year’s event with a score of just 4 under par. Keep reading for our preview of this weekend’s golf.

A strong European contingent amongst the favourites

Thirty five European Tour players make the trip to Florida this week and after dominating the top five places at last week’s Honda Classic there are high hopes that we will see a European winner of this event for the first time since Justin Rose in 2012.

Rory McIlroy was one of those to miss the cut last weekend which was a huge surprise considering his recent form. In his previous seven events his finishing position had been 2, 1, T2, T2, 1, 1 and 1 and the world number one remains the man to beat. McIlroy is the 5/1 favourite.

Ryder Cup star Jamie Donaldson was just a shot behind eventual winner Patrick Reed last year and the Welshman is hoping to go one better in 2015. His performance at Doral kickstarted a tremendous season and he has already recorded three top 20 finishes in 2015 including a sixth place at last week’s Honda Classic.

Donaldson looks terrific each-way value at 40/1.

If you’re looking for a man with a terrific record in WGC events then you should look no further than Graeme McDowall. GMac was the only player to finish in the top 10 of each of the four WGC events in 2014 and he has the advantage of living locally. The Florida resident has finished in the top 15 on four of his last five visits to Doral including two consecutive top tens. The 40/1 is very tempting.

If you’re looking for an outsider then it may pay to consider Joost Luiten. The Dutchman recorded his best ever finish on the PGA Tour with a T11 at the Honda Classic last week and ranked second in putting inside 10 feet which could be crucial on a tough course.

The 29 year old finished T13 on his debut at Doral last year and would have finished in the top ten were it not for a first round 76. With that experience under his belt he could go really well at a standout 100/1.

The US challenge

This time last year Patrick Reed became the youngest winner of a WGC tournament when he won the Cadillac by one shot. The 24 year old may not be everyone’s cup of tea but he is in good form going into the defence of his title.

The Texan hasn’t missed a cut on the PGA Tour in 2015 and has already won an event this year (he shot 21 under par to win the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in January). He shot two 67s to finish T7 at the Honda Classic last week and could go very well here at 25/1.

Bubba Watson has twice been a runner-up at this event and finished just a shot behind Reed last year. The 36 year old is in his home state of Florida and has been in tremendous form this season, recording a win and two second places in the PGA Tour.

Bubba is the 16/1 second favourite.

Jordan Spieth has three top 7 finishes in 2015 and finished T34 on his debut at Doral a year ago. The youngster is 20/1 as is Dustin Johnson who has two top four finishes in his last three events.

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