WGC: Cadillac Match Play Championship
Harding Park hosts this event for the first time though it did host the WGC CA (Strokeplay) Championships in 2005 as well as some Champions Tour events. It is a traditional style layout with tree lined fairways. Results suggest shorter, accurate hitters may have some edge here. As well as a new course the format has also changed with a round robin event played in groups of four until the weekend when the knockout stages kick in.
OUTRIGHT: Paul Casey, 0.5 pts win and place 40/1 (1/4 Odds 4 places)
Casey has shown some very steady and consistent form all season and ought to be confident coming into this event. He has a solid pedigree in matchplay events having already won the World Matchplay Championship at Wentworth. The draw for the initial round has been kind to him.
OUTRIGHT: Hunter Mahan, 1 pt win and place 50/1 (1/4 Odds 4 places)
These are surprisingly good odds for a player with proven matchplay ability, with a win and runner-up finish in this event in the last three years. After an indifferent start to the season he found some form recently with a top thirty finish in Houston and an eye catching top ten at Augusta two weeks ago. As with Casey the draw has been good to him.