Paul Williams' tips for the 2010 WGC Accenture Match Play
Off to Arizona for the annual WGC Match Play event - a great chance for the Ryder Cup captains to see the bulk of their prospective players in action over this format. A record number of Europeans shows the strength and depth out their and must fill Monty's heart with glee!
Defending champ Geoff Ogilvy has an incredible record in Match Play with just 2 defeats in 19 matches - he's currently available at 16-1 with Paddy Power (bet £10 get £20 free via this link) however the predictor suggests there are better options out there.
Here's the results I got this week from the predictor and therefore my tips:
World number 11 Poulter is hitting something of a purple patch - his all-round game is arguably the best it's ever been right now with 3 top 10s in his last 4 starts and a win in Singapore back at the start of November. Has a solid record in this event with 4 3rd round or better finishes in 6 attempts. Attacking player who relishes this format.
Stricker's win at the Northern Trust open a fortnight ago meant he leapfrogged Phil Mickelson into second place in the OWGR - quite a feat for a man who was in the doldrums for so long. Can clearly play this format as his victory in this tournament in 2001 is testament. Will meet Poulter in the quarter finals if they both get there.
The World ranked number 7 is getting back into gear following his injury last year and has flattered to deceive in recent weeks. The mistakes that have cost him recently may be less apparent in this format and his aggressive style may see him through the Sam Snead bracket. Has a local residence in Scottsdale and knows the place well.
Finished behind Stricker at Riviera before easing to a top 20 last week. Often gets past the first couple of rounds at this event before faltering before the final stages - sounds a bit like the England football team! Playing some very neat golf at present.
Kaymer is up to 6th in the OWGR following his win in Abu Dhabi. Another coming back from injury however he's proving himself to be an outstanding world-class player capable of competing at the highest level. Will meet Luke Donald in the quarter finals if they both get that far.
All odds and bookmaker offers correct at 22:00GMT 15.2.10 but naturally subject to fluctuation.
Check out Steve Bamford's tips for the Mayakoba Golf Classic here