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2015 WGC-Cadillac Matchplay betting preview

2015 WGC-Cadillac Matchplay betting preview

The WGC-Cadillac Matchplay championship is now in its 17th year and 64 of the world’s top players will head to TPC Harding Park this week for one of the calendar’s leading head-to-head events.

For the first time this year, the field will be divided into 16 groups of four players each, who will play round-robin matches on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The player with the best record in each group then progresses to the last 16, when a straight knockout format will determine the winner.

Keep reading for our betting preview of the 2015 WGC-Cadillac Matchplay.

Strong European challenge in San Francisco

With almost half of the field hailing from the European Tour there is a strong representation from the continent at Harding Park this week. Leading the way is the top seed and world number one Rory McIlroy who is the 10/1 joint favourite despite not having a great record at this event.

The 25 year old’s record in the tournament is pretty mediocre by his high standards, with a runner-up finish to Hunter Mahan in 2012 the only time he has progressed past the quarter-finals in six previous visits. And, if you consider the relative world rankings of the group competitors, McIlroy is in the toughest group alongside Billy Horschel, Brandt Snedeker and Jason Dufner.

Ian Poulter loves matchplay golf and will renew his rivalry with Webb Simpson this year. The Englishman defeated Simpson in the 2012 Ryder Cup singles at Medinah before halving with the American during Europe’s victory at Gleneagles last year. Poulter is a former winner of the tournament and is available at 35/1.

Graeme McDowell‘s T26 finish at the RBC Heritage last week was his best result of 2015 but he has done well in this tournament in recent years. He lost by one hole to the beaten finalist Victor Dubuisson last year and was beaten 1 up by semi-finalist Jason Day in 2013.

The 35 year old said: “Even if you lose on Day 1, you still have something to play for. Even if you win your first couple matches, you can go out on the third day. There’s so much to play for this week.

“You need to not worry too much about all the permutations. Just get your head down and try to put your points on the board. There’s a lot of ‘ifs.’ You just have to go out and take care of yourself.”

McDowell will face his friend Shane Lowry, Rickie Fowler and Harris English in the pool stage and is 40/1 to win.

America looking for its third winner in four years

PGA Tour golfers have won two of the last three editions of the WGC Matchplay and could well feature in the latter stages this week.

Patrick Reed was America’s top scorer in the 2014 Ryder Cup and has an excellent record in matchplay golf as both an amateur and a pro. Before missing the cut last weekend he had recorded six consecutive top 30 finishes on the PGA Tour and reached the second round last year before going out on the 21st hole to George Coetzee.

The 24 year old may not be everyone’s cup of tea but he can go well here at 25/1.

Hunter Mahan won the tournament in 2012 and finished runner-up in 2013 and has a good record (although a change of course may not suit him). Mahan is 40/1 while 2013 champion Matt Kuchar is a great matchplay competitor and could go well at 25/1.

Jordan Spieth is the 10/1 co-favourite and impressed on his debut at this event in 2014. He beat Pablo Larrazabal, Thomas Bjorn and Matt Kuchar on his way to the fourth round where he eventually lost by 1 hole to seasoned campaigner Ernie Els.

The Masters champion looks to have a tough draw – he plays recent Tour winner Matt Every, reigning Volvo World Matchplay champion Mikko Ilonen and Lee Westwood and so there may be better value elsewhere.

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